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Archives for September, 2007

What Do You Do?

I know there are a few psychologists out there lurking around. This post is for you. I thought it might be interesting for some of you (all of you? any of you? hello, is this thing on?) to write a little bit about what you do as psychologists. That is, what you’re researching, how you…

Sound Meets Salt

This video is too cool not to post. Every commenter who knows why this happens, and can explain it, gets a cookie*. If no one chimes in, and you’re curious about how this works, let me know and I’ll explain it in a future post. UPDATE: Man, you folks are smart. You all get cookies.…

Over at OmniBrain, Steve has a great summary of a recent article by Thomas and Lleras(1 on embodied cognition/perceptual symbol systems and problem solving. I recommend reading Steve’s summary before going on with this post, but in case you’re really lazy, here’s the abstract: Grant and Spivey (2003) proposed that eye movement trajectories can influence…

Cool Visual Illusions: The Tony Blair Illusion

Everybody knows the Margaret Thatcher Illusion. If you’ve forgotten about it, here’s the best example I’ve found (from Schwaninger et al.1) Both the top and bottom pairs are the same photos, but they look very different depending on whether they’re upright or inverted. In the top pair (the inverted ones), the face on the left…

Why are so many people convinced that we only use 10% of our brains, or that Eskimos have n words for snow, where n is as high as you need it to be for the desired rhetorical effect? Or more seriously, why have some people, particularly Fox News viewers (no, really), persistently believed in Saddam…

Reading an article in the LA Times today, I learned something exciting: political differences in thought happen in the brain. At least that’s what a new study published in Nature Neuroscience(1) purports to show, though I hear that the next issue of the journal will contain critical responses from Descartes, Malenbranche, and Eccles. Seriously though,…