23 July 2014
14 July 2014
I'll report back on our success, or lack thereof. We've baited it with a piece of sausage, a little bit of a pear, and it has some leftover cherry coke in it, too.
|7:30 PM on 14 July 2014 Trap Set|
|About 8:15AM on 15 Jul 2014, no flies, banana bits added.|
Joyce added a shrimp at about 9AM. No flies in the trap yet.
Joyce added a piece of plum at about 10:30AM. No flies in the trap yet.
I put it outside for a proof of concept trial about noon and at 1:45PM we had trapped 8 flies! Brought it back inside to finally trap the ones that matter.
There are six dead flies in the trap. The rest seem to have figured out how to escape. And while there are fewer flies in the house the trap does not seem like it made much of a contribution to that fact.
23 June 2014
I'm pasting the list here so I can find them again without worrying about the link changing.
Thanks to Business Insider
Which would you recognize?
If you're hungry, research suggests that all you see is cake.
"Most people come with the very strong belief they should never make an opening offer," says Leigh Thompson, a professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. "Our research and lots of corroborating research shows that's completely backwards. The guy or gal who makes a first offer is better off."
Bias blind spots
Ask one subject and several fake subjects (who are really working with the experimenter) which of lines B, C, D, and E is the same length as A? If all of the fake subjects say that D is the same length as A, the real subject will agree with this objectively false answer a shocking three-quarters of the time.
"That we have found the tendency to conformity in our society so strong that reasonably intelligent and well-meaning young people are willing to call white black is a matter of concern," Asch wrote. "It raises questions about our ways of education and about the values that guide our conduct."
Curse of knowledge
Fundamental attribution error
Illusion of control
Suppose you ask subjects to press one button if a string of letters forms a word, and another button if the string does not form a word. (E.g., "banack" vs. "banner".) Then you show them the string "water". Later, they will more quickly identify the string "drink" as a word. This is known as "cognitive priming"
Priming also reveals the massive parallelism of spreading activation: if seeing "water" activates the word "drink", it probably also activates "river", or "cup", or "splash"
From Less Wrong:
Self-enhancing transmission bias
Status quo bias
Tragedy of the commons
Unit biasWe believe that there is an optimal unit size, or a universally-acknowledged amount of a given item that is perceived as appropriate. This explains why when served larger portions, we eat more.
This plays to our desire to have complete control over a single, more minor outcome, over the desire for more — but not complete — control over a greater, more unpredictable outcome.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/cognitive-biases-2014-6?op=1#ixzz35UEYybVi