DATABASE: Cognitive Canon

Science  21 Oct 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5747, pp. 415b
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5747.415b

POSbase from the University of Bergen in Norway houses PowerPoint summaries of more than 100 influential papers in social and cognitive psychology dating back to 1678. For example, you'll find slides describing Swiss neuropsychiatrist Edouard Claparède's 1911 observations of a learning-disabled woman, which spawned the distinction between explicit (conscious) and implicit (unconscious) memory. Recent additions to the site include a 2005 study showing that observers are more likely to overlook rare objects—a warning for airport screeners and radiologists. Students can use the presentations to catch up on the literature, and teachers can plug them into their lectures, says site cocreator Rolf Reber.

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