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We’ve discussed attentional blink several times on CogDaily. It’s a fascinating phenomenon: if you see a series of images flashing by rapidly, you can normally pick out one of the images (for example, a banana in series of pictures of familiar objects). But if a second such image (another piece of fruit, like an apple)…

Last year Nora and I went on a hike in the remote Pasayten Wilderness in northern Washington state. Parts of the hike were extremely grueling, while other parts were quite easy and fun. I made this short video to try to capture the differences: The music was added as an afterthought, but in the end…

Take a look at this video. Your job: decide which person speaks first: Click to view Video 1 (QuickTime required) Let’s make this a poll: Which person in Video 1 speaks first?(web poll) Now, try another one. Once again, decide which person speaks first: Click to view Video 2 (QuickTime required) Make your response here:…

Imagine the following scenario: Matthew is playing with his new kitten late one night. He is wearing only his boxer shorts, and the kitten sometimes walks over his genitals. Eventually, this arouses him, and he begins to rub his bare genitals along the kitten’s body. The kitten purrs, and seems to enjoy the contact. How…

One of the most controversial topics here on Cognitive Daily is whether playing video games can lead to aggressive behavior or violence — and one of the most dramatic demonstrations of the impact of violent video games was a 2000 study by Craig Anderson and Karen Dill. In that study, participants played violent or non-violent…

The Mafa people, who live in the far north of Cameroon in the Mandara mountains, are one of the most culturally isolated groups in the world. Since many of their settlements lack electricity, there are some individuals who have never been exposed to western movies, art, or music. But the Mafa do have their own…

[Originally posted in November, 2007] Do people ever tell you to “just smile, you’ll feel better”? If you’re like our daughter Nora, you hear it a lot, and you get annoyed every time you hear it. Telling a teenager to smile is probably one of the best ways to ensure she won’t smile for the…

Take a look at these two pictures of the Mona Lisa: They’re derived from a series of images of the famous painting that had been obscured by random noise filters (like when your old analog TV wasn’t getting a signal), like this: Each picture appears to have a slightly different facial expression — some happier,…

What’s your first reaction on seeing this picture of Nora? Are you excited because she appears to be excited? Or do you react to her intent? Perhaps you think she’s cute, or maybe even sarcastic. Ultimately you might have all of those reactions. There’s no doubt we’re exceptionally fast at responding to faces, and to…

One of stand-up comic George Carlin’s most famous routines was the seven words you can’t say on TV (obviously, not safe for work). He repeated the words over and over, and it was hilarious — especially back in the days before most people had cable. These days we’ve become desensitized to those words, and it’s…