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Liveblogging the Pi Day Pizza

In honor of Pi Day, Greta is baking one of our favorite Chicago-style pizzas. This is our reconstruction of the pizza we ate as undergraduates at the University of Chicago. We spent a lot of time hanging out at a pizza place that would later become famous as one of Barack Obama’s favorite haunts: Medici…

Today’s Slashdot poll covers some of the same territory as this week’s Casual Fridays study. Their poll asks “How Many Hours Of Work Do You Do Per Workday?” We asked two questions that get at the same concept: How much time to you spend at work per day, and how much of that time do…

What brain games do you like?

There’s a fair bit of evidence that playing games can enhance your cognitive ability and prevent decline as we age. Or at least that’s the excuse I use when I take a few minutes off during the course of the workday to play a game or two. Here are some of my current favorites: Str8ts.…

Preview poll for today’s post

Think about an angry face. Make a picture of it in your mind. Then, answer the poll below.

The current issue of WIRED reveals an interesting quirk of the human perceptual system: Can you spot what’s wrong?

I know CogDaily is supposed to be a psychology web site, but sometimes, you have a question you simply must know the answer to. I frequently need to boil a mug of water, and I’ve often wondered what the most energy-efficient method is. Is it the microwave, or the good-old-fashioned teakettle on the cooktop? In…

Yesterday’s post offered a simple poll question: # How Many People Will Select The Same Option As You? 0% 1-25% 26-50% 51-75% 76-99% 100% I didn’t think this poll would attract as much interest as it did because in one sense I was just copying a poll from Slashdot. I guess people liked the fact…

Very cool poll at slashdot

Slashdot’s poll of the moment is just fantastic, combining psychology and reasoning in a very cool way. Here’s the question: # How Many People Will Select The Same Option As You? 0% 1-25% 26-50% 51-75% 76-99% 100% Just CowboyNeal [this is the traditional joke Slashdot poll answer] At first pass, you might figure that there…

Yesterday’s demonstration about perception of tempo simply didn’t work. If we had successfully replicated Schultze’s Vos et al.’s study, we would have seen a systematic bias in the results. I’d like to give this one more shot (I promise this will be my last attempt!). There are a couple reasons why the original might not…

Optical illusions!

Here are a few neat optical illusions. 1. Multi-colored X? (via Grand Illusions) It appears that the X is two different colors, but it’s actually made using just one shade of pink. (more below)