When the gorilla met the fingernails on a chalkboard

This study tells what happened when two Ig Nobel Prize-winning experiments were combined: “Inattentional blindness for a noxious multimodal stimulus,” Joseph F. Wayand, Daniel T. Levin and D. Alexander Varakin, American Journal of Psychology, vol. 118, no. 3, Fall 2005, pp. 339-52. The authors, at DePauw University and at Vanderbilt University, explain: “Previous research has […]

Coming Event: Squeaks on a Chalkboard

The highlight of the 162nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, in San Diego. will almost certainly be the session about the psychoacoustics of chalkboard squeaking.It builds on the work of 2006 Ig Nobel Prize (in acoustics) winners  D. Lynn Halpern, Randolph Blake and James Hillenbrand, who in 1986 published the study “Psychoacoustics of a Chilling Sound,” The new session […]