Cognitive and moral limits

Paul Bloom has a fascinating overview of moral reasoning in infants and toddlers in the New York Times. Just as an infant’s rudimentary moral reasoning differs from that of an adult, our rapid, intuitive judgments often differ from what we might decide if we took the time to reason it [...]

witnessing a staged crime

The BBC apparently has conducted a remarkable study looking at how eyewitnesses remember a staged crime. Although this sort of stunt has been pulled many times in studies of eyewitness fallibility, this one took the approach and realism a step further than previous [...]

A weight lifted?

A recent study re-examines the role of the experimental situation on inflated judgments of the slopes of hills. Earlier evidence showed that wearing a heavy backpack led to inflated estimates of slope, suggesting a role of physiology on conscious judgments. New evidence suggests that the effect instead resulted from subjects guessing that wearing a heavy weight should influence their [...]

A heads-up about head-up displays

A new GM design that effectively turns the windshield of your car into a monitor, augmenting reality and aiding driving in poor conditions. But that can cause problems [...]