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Cognitive Psychology Websites

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

Prof. E. Bruce Goldstein — web page for the author of the textbook at the University of Pittsburgh

Mind Hacks — tips and tools for using your brain; has a daily blog (also via RSS)

Cognitive Daily — this (now inactive) blog had a new cognitive psychology article nearly every day; past articles are still available

History of Cognitive Psychology — a brief look at cognitive psychology up to the 20th century

Psychology: The Cognitive Movement — looks at important figures in the Cognitive Revolution

Cognitive Science Society — interdisciplinary professional society for cognitive scientists

GoCognitive — interactive demos of cognitive phenomena and video interviews with cognitive psychologists

Simple Reaction Time, Choice Reaction Time, and Go/No Go — these reaction time tests are online versions of Donders’ tasks embodied cognition articles:
Don’t just stand there, think — from The Boston Globe
A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You Are Not Your Brain — from Scientific American blogs
The Body of Knowledge: Understanding Embodied Cognition — from APS Observer
Mind Games: Sometimes a White Coat Isn’t Just a White Coat — from The New York Times
Dress for Success: How Clothes Influence Our Performance — from Scientific American


Cognitive Neuroscience

The Phineas Gage Information Page — has lots of details and pictures of this strange, sad case

Phineas Gage – unravelling the myth — article on Gage from The PsychologistNerve Action Potential Demos: simple or complex versions

Probe the Brain — includes virtual brain to explore with an electrode!

Neuroscience For Kids — great basic information on neuroscience–not just for kids!

The Secret Life of the Brain — website for the PBS series explains the brain from birth to late adulthood

Brain Study Module — tutorial on brain structures

Neuroscience Tutorial — by Dr. Diana Weedman Molavi

Franz Josef Gall — describes the life and work of the man responsible for phrenology

MEG Scanners Are Mega Powerful — article about magneto-encephalography technology from Wired magazine

Split-Brain Syndrome — try this interactive demo for yourself


Neurogenesis/Neuroplasticity/Brain Training

The Brain: How The Brain Rewires ItselfTime article on experience-dependent neural plasticity

The Nun Study — official website for the longitudinal study of aging and Alzheimer’s disease [archived]

Nuns Offer Clues to Alzheimer’s and Aging — article from the New York Times

The Brain that Changes Itself — official website for Norman Doidge’s book

SharpBrains — info on brain fitness and cognitive health; doesn’t sell anything

Brain Games: Do They Really Work? — online article from Scientific American

6 Ways to Boost BrainpowerScientific American Mind magazine offers ways to fine-tune your brain (PDF format)

Calisthenics for a Child’s MindScientific American Mind article on mental fitness regimens for children (requires UAlberta credentials)

Cogmed Working Memory Training — computer-based training for attention problems caused by poor working memory

Cambridge Brain Sciences — take some interactive online tests to exercise your cognitive functioning

BrainHQ — PositScience’s brain fitness program online

Oldsters’ New Fountain of Youth: Video GamesDiscover magazine article on mental fitness programs



DualTask.org — online demos/experiments on multi-task performance and attention limits

The Multitasking GenerationTime magazine article on “Generation M” and multitasking

Gatekeeper Task for Supertaskers — interactive online test of multitasking

Anne Treisman — online encyclopedia article

A Dichotic Listening Experiment — online demo tests the brain hemisphere dominant for language processing (requires headphones)

Airport Scanner — play this baggage screening app to test your attention for rare targets (for iOS and Android)

Simons Lab — online videos of inattention phenomena

Pearls Before Breakfast — Pulitzer Prize-winning article about the Joshua Bell stunt in The Washington Post

Inattentional Blindness and Change Blindness demos — from the UBC Visual Cognition Lab

Our ability to see change over time — another example of change blindness

Change Blindness — from the Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science

Whoops! Movie Goofs — you have to overcome change blindness to notice these (more at Movie Mistakes)



What is MICR? — Magnetic Ink Character Recognition codes are printed at the bottom of cheques

Perception in Visualization — discusses Feature Integration Theory, Similarity Theory, and Guided Search Theory

Introduction to Visual Agnosias — good starting point for understanding some visual agnosias

Phantom Limb and Capgras Delusion — transcript of an episode from the PBS series

Secrets of the MindSeeing what you don’t see? — an online demo of blindsight for the sighted

PSYCO 367 websites — a page of websites on perception topics



Mapping Memory in 3D — explore brain structures involved in storing memories

World Memory Championships — check out memory world records

Gone But Not Forgotten? — explores the mystery behind infant memories and “infantile amnesia”

The Day His World Stood Still — article on H.M. from BrainConnection.com

Project HM — The Brain Observatory’s site about HM, and the atlas of his brain

H.M.’s Brain and the History of Memory — listen to this NPR program on H.M. online

How Memory Works — NOVA ScienceNOW segment on H.M.

K.C. (part 1) — YouTube interview with Kent Cochrane, known as K.C. (see also parts 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6)

Toronto amnesiac whose case helped rewrite chapters of the book on memory dies — obituary for K.C.

Don’t Forget! — companion website for the Scientific American Frontiers episode on memory (has complete episode video online)

Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse — the APA discusses whether recovered memories are real

Remembering DangerouslySkeptical Inquirer article on “repressed” memories by Elizabeth Loftus

Misinformation Effect — overview of the research on memory, and false memories

False Memory Archive — art project based on people’s false memories

Eyewitness Testimony — resources from former U of A prof, Dr Gary Wells

The Memory Page — includes tips on how to use your memory better

Memento — movie about anterograde amnesia…or is it?

Sleep Boosts Ability To Learn Language — ScienceDaily news item about a paper published in the journal Nature

George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” Copyright Case — listen and compare for yourself

Music Copyright Infringement Resource — list of lawsuits over plagiarism in music, with audio clips; see also Songs Alike


Images & Propositions

Kosslyn Laboratory — at Harvard University

Zenon Pylyshyn — at Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science

The most common navigational mistakes we all makeSlate article on errors in mental maps

Eidetic Memory: Is It Real? — describes this amazing ability, and lists some famous people thought to have it

mnemonic-device.com — has lots of mnemonics, sorted by category

An Introduction to Memory Techniques — techniques to help your memory, including mnemonics

How to Build a Memory Palace — using the method of loci mnemonic technique



Seeds and Fruits — learn surprising facts about these categories of items (pay attention to the defining features)

A tribute to interactive activation — an interactive example of a PDP model



Garden Path Sentences — examples and explanations for this ambiguity in language

How to Understand the Deep Structures of Language — Scientific American article on linguistic universals

Can You Raed Tihs? — description of an urban legend about reading

Aoccrding to a research at Cambridge University — a researcher from Cambridge University (!) dissects the ‘misspelled’ message

Auditory Demonstrations — includes demos of Warren’s phonemic restoration effect (more here)

Categorical Discrimination — short interactive audio demos let you try and discriminate /da/ and /ga/

Categorical Perception — another online experiment using Java

McGurk Effect — see if the video affects what you hear

Speech Perception — a good review of factors affecting speech perception from The Connexions Project

The Lower CaseColumbia Journalism Review‘s ambiguous headlines column

Reverse Dictionary — enter a concept or description and get back a list of words and phrases related to it


Problem Solving

15 Google Interview Questions That Will Make You Feel Stupid — can you solve these? (answers are available) Or these?

Miller Analogies Test — free MAT practice questions

The Microsoft IQ Test — article about “puzzle interviews” from Wired magazine

Internet Anagram Server — use it to create your own anagramsTower of Hanoi — try this puzzle in DHTML or FlashWater Jars — interactive version of Luchin’s problem

Realistic Lateral Thinking Puzzles — try some of these insight questions! (And some tricky ones, too.)

Lateral Puzzles — more lateral thinking puzzles

Ellen Langer — website for the researcher and author on mindfulness

The Langer Mindfulness Institute — does research, promotion, and consulting on mindfulness

META Lab — Memory, Emotion, Thought, Awareness lab website for Dr Jonathan Schooler; has info on verbal overshadowing2001: A Space Odysseyofficial and unofficial sites

Planet of the Apes: The Sacred Scrolls — PotA wiki site


Expertise and Creativity

Project Zero — to enhance learning, thinking, and creativity, headed by Howard Gardner

TriBond® — try this game that is like the Remote Associates Test (Facebook page)

Dingbats, Punzzles or Wacky Wordies — does inclubation help you solve these word puzzles? (also known as pictureless rebuses)words + puzzles = wuzzles — these word puzzles appear daily in many newspapers

Puzzles.COM — “The world’s best resource for puzzling on the Internet”

Creative Puzzles — interactive puzzles

Creativity Web — neat stuff on creativity, intelligence, problem solving,…

Whatagreatidea.com — can help you exercise your creativity

The 6 Myths of Creativity — article on Teresa Amabile’s research, from Fast Company magazine


Reasoning and Decision Making

Illogic Primer — explains conjunction, disjunction, conditional, and biconditional

Official LSAT Sample PrepTest — the Law School Admission Test is based on logic (PDF format)

The Web’s Most Illogical Arguments — PCWorld.com explains 10 of the most common logical fallacies found on the Internet

Decision Research — company helps society understand and cope with complex and risky decisions

You Are Not So Smart — blog about different kinds of cognitive biases

Decision Making & Heuristics — online demos of representativeness, availability, framing, and more

The Wason Selection Task — interactive demos of the Wason task

Book of Odds — book on the odds of just about everything (also on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube)

The Paradox of Choice – Why More is Less — Google video of a talk by Professor Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice — TED video about choice and decision making

Let’s Make a Deal — an explanation of the Monty Hall problem, and links to demos

Who wants to be a millionaire? — website for the TV game show (“No actual money or prizes are awarded.”)

The Latte Factor® — interactive calculator shows how much you can save by cutting out lattes


Human Intelligence

Human Intelligence — traces the history of influences and development

The Classic IQ Test — take this full intelligence test (free!)

IQ Tests Go to War — try questions from actual army intelligence tests

Mensa Canada Society — think you’re smart? Join Mensa!

Minnesota Twin Family Study — uses twins for psychological research

National Head Start Association — promoting Head Start programs for kids

Definition and history of “Emotional Intelligence” — from the EQ Institute

Skeptic Magazine Interview With Robert Sternberg on The Bell Curve — Sternberg talks a lot about aspects of intelligence


Artificial Intelligence

The Loebner Prize — dubbed “The First Turing Test”, held annually (chat online with 2012 winner Chip Vivant)

The trouble with the Turing test — in-depth article on the test, plus the Chinese Room argumentCyc® — the common sense knowledge base;

OpenCyc is an open-source version

ConceptNet 5 — this multilingual semantic network can help computers understand what text really means

Read the Web — the Never-Ending Language Learning (NELL) project is teaching computers to read (also on Twitter)

ELIZA — interactive “therapist”

MGonz — transcript of a rude conversation with MGonz (NSFW)

CLAUDE — a shareware clone of RACTER for PCs

Cleverbot — chat with the Cleverbot AI

A.L.I.C.E. AI Foundation — talk to the Alicebot AI

The Simon Laven Page — great site about chatterbots

lost in translation — works similarly to SYSTRAN, or try Google Translate, BabelFish, or FreeTranslation translators

Bad Translator — translate a phrase back and forth between languages and see what happens

The First Look at How Google’s Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets — article with videos

SmartAirport Operations Center® — information about AI-based logistics program, for your airport (if you own one)Classic game-playing AIs:
Deep Blue (chess)
Chinook (checkers)
Logistello (Reversi)
Cepheus (Texas hold’em poker)
TD-Gammon (backgammon)
Handtalk (Go)

Agitating For Dramatic Change — Gamasutra article on drama, narrative, and AI in video games

The Age of Intelligent Machines — book by Raymond Kurzweil, who foresaw many of the technical developments of 1990s. Then check out…The Age of Spiritual Machines — how will our ideas of self and spirituality evolve as we merge with technology and extend our lifespans?

The AI Report — Forbes.com discusses the past, present, and future of artificial intelligence

Will IBM’s Watson Usher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing? — Scientific American article


Cognitive Engineering

Your Body Is a PlanetDiscover magazine describes how 90% of the cells within us are not ours, but microbes

How Bacteria in Our Bodies Protect Our HealthScientific American article on the importance of the microbiome (requires UAlberta credentials)

Hunting the Nightmare BacteriaFrontline episode on resistant bacteria

Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work and Preventing Antibiotic Resistance — from the US Centers for Disease Control and PreventionThe Challenge of Antibiotic Resistance — feature article from Scientific American magazine (PDF format)

Evolution of antibiotic resistance — describes the “evolutionary arms race” between bacteria and antibiotics

Do Bugs Need Drugs? — a community project for wise use of antibiotics

National Information Program on Antibiotics — Canadian program to reduce the problem of antibiotic resistance

Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance — CIPARS monitors antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in human, animal and food sources across Canada

Antimicrobial Resistance—A Shared Responsibility — report from the Public Health Agency of Canada

APUA — Alliance for the Prudent Use of AntibioticsCoughSafe.com — Why don’t we do it in our sleeves? video

PSYCO 494 websites — a page of websites on human factors and ergonomics topics

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