John Bargh [ Bias Networks ] Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale University talk at Missouri University. See Full Talk. Dr. Bargh’s work is also featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink (2005), Chapter 2 – The Locked Door: The Secret Life of Snap Decisions, from which the following is extracted.

Subjects were asked to unscramble a series scrambled sentences, after which they were found to move more slowly (like old people). The operative words are highlighted.

  1. her was  worried  she always
  2. from are  Florida  oranges temperature
  3. ball the throw toss  silently 
  4. shoes give replace  old  the
  5. she observes occasionally  people watches 
  6. be will sweat  lonely  they
  7. sky the seamless  gray  is
  8. should now withdraw  forgetful  we
  9. us  bingo  sing play let
  10. to sunlight makes temperature  wrinkle  raisins

On the other hand, similar studies have found that, if you spend 5 minutes wondering about what it would be like to be a professor before playing a game of trivial pursuit, you can significantly improve your performance.


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