Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Social Sciences and Society - TierneyLab Blog - NYTimes.com

See a Pattern on Wall Street?

Take a look at the two blurry images below. Can you see an object hidden in each one?

Before I give the answers, here’s another question: Do you feel a certain lack of control over events right now?

These questions are not unrelated, according to a report in the new issue of Science
by Jennifer Whitson and Adam Galinsky. The researchers found that when
people were primed to feel out of control, they were more likely to see
patterns where none exist. They would spot an object in each of the
images above, even though only the image on the right contains one (the
outline of Saturn and its rings). If you thought you saw something in
the image on the left, don’t be too hard on yourself — your feeling may
be perfectly understandable given the chaos on Wall Street.

Social Sciences and Society - TierneyLab Blog - NYTimes.com
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