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 […]
Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Chris Chabris, who together with Dan Simons was awarded the 2004 Ig Nobel Prize in psychology (for their experiment in which people did not notice a gorilla) explores some recent books about how well the brain makes decisions. In particular Professor Chabris appreciates the work of the 2011 Ig Nobel medicine prize winners: Is the […]
Here’s another animal song. This is George Brassens’s Gorilla Song [click here for an approximate translation into English]: Brassens_Gare au gorille Uploaded by kitsch. – Explore more music videos.
This week’s Fruit-in-Nut Study of the Week is: “The use of lime and salt for manuring coconut palms,” M.L.M. Salgado, T.A. Ceylon, vol. 103, 1947, pp. 121-123. For further coconut studies of that same vintage, see the Coconut Time Line for 1947. BONUS: Harry Nillson sings the song “Lime in the Coconut” [thanks to investigator […]
A psychology experiment for you to do: FIRST, watch this (approximately ten-minute-long) video, about which BoingBoing says “India’s most expensive movie yields most astonishingly violent and demented action-scene in cinematic history”: THEN, ask yourself “Did you see the gorilla?” [If that seems a nonsense question, then see the Dan Simons / Chris Chabris experiment. Then […]
Seed Magazine interviews Ig Nobel winner Dan Simons, co-author (with his co-winner Chris Chabris) of the new book The Invisible Gorilla (mentioned here recently). They discuss a new video [below] that shows a new Simons demonstration. In the interview — see snippet below the video — he discussed the Ig.
The Invisible Gorilla is a new book by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. Chabris and Simons were awarded the 2004 Ig Nobel Prize in psychology for demonstrating that when people pay close attention to something, it’s all too easy to overlook anything else — even a woman in a gorilla suit. Their experiment — one […]
Swordswallower Dan Meyer, co-winner of the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine (for the BMJ study “Swordwallowing and Its Side Effects“) accidentally replicated the findings of an earlier Ig Nobel Prize-winning study that involved a gorilla. This video shows it happening: The video was filmed during the 2010 Ig Nobel Tour of the UK (for […]