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Making the Invisible Visible: Verbal Cues Enhance Visual Detection

Cognitive psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and University of California have shown that an image displayed too quickly to be seen by an observer can be detected if the participant first hears the name of the object.

Psychologists Link Emotion to Vividness of Perception and Creation of Vivid Memories

(Science Daily) Have you ever wondered why you can remember things from long ago as if they happened yesterday, yet sometimes can't recall what you ate for dinner last night? According to a new study led by psychologists at the University of Toronto, it's because how much something means to you actually influences how you see it as well as how vividly you can recall it later.

New Computers Respond to Students' Emotions, Boredom

Emotion-sensing computer software that models and responds to students' cognitive and emotional states , including frustration and boredom, has been developed by University of Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Psychology Sidney D'Mello, Art Graesser from the University of Memphis and a colleague from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
D'Mello also is a concurrent assistant professor of computer science and engineering.

Sound Potential

The sense of hearing, known as audition, is a crucial aspect to consider when planning an event.
by Sean Kirkpatrick.

How MSI Internship kick-started her career.

Rosa started her career at the Meetingsupport Institute as an intern. Listen to her story.

Surprise! Neural Mechanism May Underlie an Enhanced Memory for the Unexpected

ScienceDaily (Feb. 25, 2010) — The human brain excels at using past experiences to make predictions about the future. However, the world around us is constantly changing, and new events often violate our logical expectations. "We know these unexpected events are more likely to be remembered than predictable events, but the underlying neural mechanisms for these effects remain unclear," says lead researcher, Dr. Nikolai Axmacher, from the University of Bonn in Germany.

Mireia Iglesias a student intern at the MSI

The MSI welcomes students from all over the world with an interest in the content side of meetings, meeting design, Meeting Architecture. 
Her daily, weekly and monthly work at the Meeting Support Institute combines multiple and different kinds of tasks.

Will a Harvard Professor's New Technology Make College Lectures a Thing of the Past?

ecturing.professor.jpg Another sign that the college lecture might be dying: Harvard University physics professor Eric Mazur is championing the "flipped classroom," a model where information traditionally transferred during lectures is learned on a student's own time, and classroom time is spent discussing and applying knowledge to real-world situations.

• A Facilitator?s General Model for Managing Socio-Emotional Issues in Group Support Systems Meeting Environments

This paper addresses the socio-emotional dimension that exists in Group Support Systems (GSS) meeting environments from the perspective of the facilitator. A model is presented and discussed that represents how facilitator's perceive and manage socio-emotional issues in a GSS environment. The role of GSS in the model is also explored. The research methodology for gathering and analyzing the data in this papers was based on critical incident technique and semi-structured interviews. The findings presented in this paper represent one facet of a larger research project.

A Quick Fix for Queues

ScienceDaily (June 3, 2010) — Queuing, standing in line ... it's what we do well, but complain about the most. Thankfully, science is coming to the rescue as researchers in Taiwan have devised a formula that could revolutionize restaurants, post offices, customer service desks, and theater ticket sales everywhere.

Language Structure is Partly Determined by Social Structure

ScienceDaily (Jan. 28, 2010) — Psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Memphis have released a new study on linguistic evolution that challenges the prominent hypothesis for why languages differ throughout the world. 

The study argues that human languages may adapt more like biological organisms than previously thought and that the more common and popular the language, the simpler its construction to facilitate its survival.

bad day small ball

Sport professionals that play well will often say ‘the ball seemed larger than usual’. It sounds like nonsense, but psychologists of the university of Virginia discovered that indeed sportsmen perceive a ball to be bigger on a good day and smaller on a bad one. Researchers studied play results of softball players and made them estimate how large the ball was after the game. Players with a good score pointed to significantly bigger circles than players that did not hit the ball so well that day.

Will We Succeed? The Science of Self Motivation

ScienceDaily (June 1, 2010) — Can you help you? Recent research by University of Illinois Professor Dolores Albarracin and Visiting Assistant Professor Ibrahim Senay, along with Kenji Noguchi, Assistant Professor at Southern Mississippi University, has shown that those who ask themselves whether they will perform a task generally do better than those who tell themselves that they will.


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