How Reliable Are the Memories of Sexual Assault Victims? Editorial note: If Jim Hopper had been permitted to provide his expert testimony at the September 27, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, these would have been his … Continue reading What our brain encodes
Beyond the invisible gorilla – inattention can also render us numb and anosmic (without smell) It’s well-known that we can miss apparently obvious objects in our visual field if other events are hogging our limited attention. The same has been … Continue reading Inattentional effects
Three problems with the debate around screen time The debate about children and technology has increasingly captured public interest over the past year, and has been raging for many more. As with anything of this nature, the public conversations about … Continue reading How much screen time is good?
Distinct from intelligence or working memory, your “perceptual capacity” predicts how susceptible you are to inattentional blindness (or missing the gorilla in the room) It’s well-known that we can easily miss objects in our environment that are outside the focus … Continue reading Detection without attention
How to Increase (and Sustain) Political Engagement With the 2018 midterm elections looming, the stakes are high in American politics. Republicans aim to maintain control of Congress, and Democrats seek to win key elections to flip both chambers. Several new … Continue reading The politics of emotions
How Tiny Red Dots Took Over Your Life As the ranks of tech-industry critics have expanded, it has become harder to tell what common ground they occupy. Across various political divides, there is a sense that Facebook, Twitter and Google … Continue reading The perimeter of the dot
“Strongest evidence yet” for ego depletion – the idea that self control is a limited resource For years, “ego depletion” has been a dominant theory in the study of self control. This is the intuitive idea that self control or … Continue reading Running out of self-control