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There’s a lot of advice online about what makes a good resume, and in these tough economic times, getting a job is tougher than ever. So this week, I thought we’d test some different resumes and see which factors are most important in picking a good candidate. You’ll be asked to read two resumes very…

Casual Fridays: How random are we?

This week’s Casual Fridays study was inspired by this comment on the Random Number thread: When a freshman at Penn State too many years ago to count, the intro psychology prof did an amazing demonstration. I wonder if anyone knows the answer to this which I have long forgotten. He said he had written the…

Casual Fridays: Just a random survey

Just a random Casual Friday survey this week. Click here to take survey. As usual, the survey is brief, and should take only a minute or two to complete. You have until Thursday, February 19 to respond. There is no limit on the number of responses. Don’t forget to come back next Friday for the…

Last week’s Casual Fridays study started out innocently enough: A contact on Twitter asked if most women would prefer fresh fruit or chocolates as a romantic gift. That’s a fascinating question, I said — maybe even interesting enough to merit study on Casual Friday. With Valentine’s Day coming up, it might be a valuable service…

Sorry, this week’s Casual Friday results won’t be ready until tomorrow. There’s lots of interesting data, and I want to make sure I do it justice.

Valentines’ Day is coming up in just a few weeks, so we thought we’d help our readers prepare by assessing the romance level of a few common gifts they might consider getting for their significant others. I’ve noticed that there’s often a fine line between a romantic gift and a disappointing downer. Does a box…

Last week’s Casual Fridays study was supposed to be about distractions and distractibility. Many of us struggle to keep our minds on work when the whole wide internet is available to entertain and inform us. So I wondered: Are people who are more easily distracted by the temptations of the internet actually better-informed? Do they…

One of my most difficult challenges as I work at home on Cognitive Daily and other projects is to keep focused on the task at hand. The internet, with its myriad distractions, is just a click away. It used to be that I could just head to a coffee shop with my laptop to get…

Last week we asked readers to tell us under what circumstances they would be likely to use a public restroom reserved for the other gender. We’ve all been in the situation where there’s a long line for one restroom and a very short or non-existent line for the other (although this tends to happen more…

Yesterday on our way back from a vacation in New York, we stopped to get coffee and use the bathroom. There was a long line at the women’s room, and a much shorter line at the men’s restroom. These were both one-seat restrooms with locks on the door. A man in line for the men’s…