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When we’re in a crowded space, making visual judgments becomes more difficult. But it doesn’t take much to trigger a crowding effect. Clicking on the picture below will take you to a quick movie (QuickTime required) that should demonstrate the effect. Focus on the cross to the left, then start the movie (it may start…

Last year we discussed a great deal of research about the gender disparity in math and science. Even while women are more successful overall in school than men, in certain fields there is a very large deficit in the number of women participating. We mentioned one explanation in particular: The male math advantage in a…

Are MMORPGs “addictive”?

In our discussions of violence associated with video game play, we’ve frequently noted that there appear to be different effects depending on the type of video game. Some games are more violent than others, and some games reward violence while others discourage it. All this has an impact in terms of real-world behavior and attitudes.…

Although not all games are equal, there’s plenty of evidence that playing some violent video games can cause aggressive real-world behavior. Sites like addictinggames.com offer popular games whose sole point is to play the role of a hit-man or even to torture animals. Over 85 percent of video games include violence. When these statistics are…

[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…

[originally posted on April 20, 2006] If you’re older than about 20, you’ll probably recognize the image to the left from an anti-drug campaign from the 1980s. The image was supposed to represent the effects of drugs on the human brain. While the effectiveness of the campaign is debatable, the fact that it now seems…

This is a guest post by Daniel Griffin, one of Greta’s top student writers for Spring 2007 How well do you think you can navigate through these woods? How about when your field of view is significantly reduced? When external information such as sight is decreased, our ability to make our way to a goal…

How many moving objects can you keep track of at once? Clicking on the image below will take you to Lana M. Trick’s web site, where she has a nifty demo of a multi-object tracking task. You’re asked to keep track one to four of the smiley-faces as they move randomly around the screen. Then…

There is a considerable body of research showing that eye contact is a key component of social interaction. Not only are people more aroused when they are looked at directly, but if you consistently look at the person you speak to, you will have much more social influence over that person than you would if…

Nearly all video games that offer a first-person perspective — where the view on-screen simulates what a real person would see as she navigates through the virtual environment — also include a virtual map to help in navigation. Even my favorite golf game has one. Such maps can be indispensable, but they also invite a…