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Take a look at these three pictures. Can you tell which is a human, which is a cat, and which is a pigeon? How about these three pictures? A little easier? It would be even easier, of course, if the pictures were in motion, like in this movie (QuickTime required). (Update: Nikolaus Troje has provided…

This article was originally posted on March 27, 2007 When we see a familiar face, or even a photo of a favorite car or pet, we’re often flooded with memories from our past. Sometimes just seeing a person or object that’s similar to the ones in our memory will trigger recollections we never knew we…

Jim was an early, confident walker. Greta likes to say that he didn’t learn to walk, he went straight to running. By the time he was about 16 months old, he could already outrun his already-pregnant mother. Nora, on the other hand, was a late, tentative walker. She took her first steps at around 12…

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In our little college town, one of the most popular fitness trends over the past few years has been yoga. Friends and acquaintances often suggest we join them in their favorite class, claiming not only that we’ll get stronger and more flexible, but that we’ll feel better about ourselves. But Greta and I both have…

Researchers have known for some time that people are surprisingly accurate at visually judging distances to objects as far as 25 meters away. If you’re allowed to briefly look at an object up to that distance away, then blindfolded, you’ll walk right up to it with great precision. If you walk halfway, you can throw…

[This article was originally published in January of 2007] Many many studies have repeatedly shown the dangers of driving while using a cell phone. Yesterday, while discussing a new law in Britain imposing heavy penalties not only for driving using a handheld phone, but also while using phones with hands-free kits, commenter Jan claimed that…

Which of these two pictures is more memorable? The shot on the left is interesting primarily because Nora’s in it — if it was just a picture of a muddy trail, it wouldn’t be notable at all to most people. The shot on the right is a dramatic mountain scene that you might remember even…

I was a little surprised by an offhand observation Thomas Schubert made in a recent research report. He claimed that while men will commonly make a fist to celebrate a goal in a soccer match or a home run in baseball, it’s unusual for women to do so. I’m sure I’ve seen both female athletes…

You might think humans are equally good at estimating distances no matter which direction they’re looking. After all, we use the same visual tools to make those estimates — binocular disparity (the different views we see from each eye), occlusion (whether one object is in front of or behind another), and so on. But consider…