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Several studies have confirmed this bizarre proposition: If you’re taking a test of rote memorization, like words from a list, move your eyes from side to side for about 30 seconds before you start. Really. Researchers have found, with relative consistency, that if you saccade from left to right and back several times before a…

Last week I mentioned that Greta had been discussing a study with her class that was related to the fable of the Fox and the Grapes. When most of her students hadn’t heard the story, it provided the opportunity for a lengthy aside: our Casual Fridays study about which stories people had and hadn’t heard.…

There’s been a ton of research on the impact of working memory: its importance in learning, its effect on math skills, and its relationship to other mental abilities. Yesterday’s entry on The Wild Side discusses working memory’s relationship with IQ. It’s been shown that adults can improve working memory with training, and training has even…

A few years ago we discussed a fascinating study which appeared to show that the main reason we stop eating at the end of a meal isn’t because we “feel” full. Instead, we simply see that we’ve finished eating the food in front of us, so we stop. We don’t eat more an hour later…

When I’m writing a post for Cognitive Daily (or doing almost any kind of writing, for that matter), I try to keep outside distractions to an absolute minimum. I even have an application on my computer that shuts off all access to the internet for a specified period of time. I find most music distracting,…

What is a visual expert?

Last week, we presented research by Miranda Scolari’s team about visual expertise and visual short-term memory. Their conclusion: “experts” don’t have a larger visual memory capacity than non-experts, they just have the ability to process more details. Scolari’s team was working under the assumption that all humans (or at least all the students in their…

One of my most vivid memories from middle school was in English class. The class wasn’t paying attention to the teacher — we were chattering during “work time” and she wanted us to stop and return to a full-class lesson. So she shouted “SEX!” We all shut up immediately and stared at her in disbelief.…

Take a look at this quick video. You’ll see a set of six small images, arranged in a circle, for 1 second. Then the screen will go blank for 1 second. Finally, one image will reappear in the place of one of the first six pictures. Your job: indicate whether the final image is the…

Every year about this time, we start thinking about an exciting television event: the Super Bowl. I’m excited because it’s the biggest football game of the year. The rest of the family just likes to watch the commercials. No doubt, some of those commercials are hilarious, and there’s often more conversation about the commercials than…

[This is our synchroblogging post in honor of PLoS ONE's second birthday. Why not write your own?] Ever wonder whether it’s better to study all night before a big exam, or to get a good night’s sleep, but maybe not have a chance to go over all the material? We know that memory consolidation can…