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February 18, 2013

Can’t Get you Out of My Head: How to Control the Song Stuck in Your Mind

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How Can We Detect Little White Lies in Everyday Life?

Tell your boss his tie looks great, or your dad that his dancing makes him look like a young John Travolta. Little white lies are all around us, but how can we detect them when we’re on the receiving end? Researchers using the Implicit Association Test (IAT) found it could identify both a white lie and the real motivation behind it. IAT differentiated truth from white lies and also identified the real reason from the faked one for 20 participants. The question is, even if you could detect them, would you really want to?

December 02, 2012

How Likely Are You to See Illusionary Faces in Your Toast? Study Compares Believers with Skeptics

Ever seen a human face on a piece of toast or in a cloud? This illusionary effect is known as pareidolia and scientists writing in Applied Cognitive Psychology claim you’re more prone to seeing faces if you’re a religious or paranormal believer. The team found believer groups were better at identifying previously defined face-like regions in images, but were also prone to false alarms. Signal detection analysis revealed that believers had more liberal answering criteria than skeptics, but the actual detection sensitivity did not differ. The paranormal believers also evaluated the artifact faces as more face-like and emotional than the skeptics.

August 30, 2011

Location, Location, Location; Study Shows the Middle Is the Place to Be

A recent study appearing in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology suggests that there are factors that can significantly influence our free will without us even knowing it.

March 01, 2011

Building Trust with Cooperative Witnesses in a Crime Investigation

According to major investigative interviewing protocols police investigators are expected to create a comfortable environment before interviewing adult witnesses to a crime. Police often fail to spend time building rapport with adult witnesses before a criminal interview, possibly in an effort to save time. An article published in a forthcoming issue of Applied Cognitive Psychology shows that the additional time spent on building rapport (in particular using verbal techniques) may prevent inaccuracies in witness accounts and decrease the witness’ susceptibility to post-event misinformation.


December 07, 2010

Are All Movie Viewing Experiences Enjoyable? Watching with the Parents and Other Scenarios of Emotional Distress

A new study published in Applied Cognitive Psychology shows that all of that squirming and averting of eyes is normal, especially when you are accompanied by your parents. The authors of the study assert that not all movie-watching experiences are enjoyable or positive. Some movies make us feel downright uncomfortable or disturbed in their content and delivery, while others are inspirational, touching, or have us rolling on the floor. However, your movie watching companion also determine how much you will enjoy a particular film; this includes your parents, your first date, or someone you do not know very well.

October 11, 2010

A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

A Picture Worth A Thousand Words:

New Research Links Visual Cues to Male Sexual Memory

July 27, 2010

Background Music can Impair Performance, Cites New Study

Background Music Doesn't Necessarily Help Concentration

March 29, 2010

That Was My Idea! Group Brainstorming Settings and Fixation

Research shows that group brainstorming methods may yield similar ideas and limit creativity

October 19, 2009

The Unicycling Clown Phenomenon: Talking, Walking, and Driving with Cell Phone Users

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August 28, 2009

Handwriting-based Tool Offers Alternate Lie Detection Method

Handwriting tool could help law enforcement gather more reliable lie detection results