Fun day at the Curiosity Carnival!

The OCEAN Lab had a fantastic time at the Curiosity Carnival, which took place on Friday 29th September. Maud Grol, Annabel Songco and Charlotte Booth took to the streets of Oxford to showcase the labs research and speak to the public about cognitive biases. They hosted a games stall on Broad street, which was called “Do you see what I see?” and included three different games to introduce the concepts of i) attention bias, ii) interpretation bias and iii) memory bias. The attention bias game required groups of the public to find the happy or angry “face in the crowd” on specially made posters as fast as they could. The interpretation bias game asked people to imagine a picture in their head associated with a list of ambiguous words, after which they were shown pictures to represent the different interpretations people have. For example the word “Bark” – could be interpreted as either tree bark (neutral interpretation) or dog bark (threatening interpretation). The memory bias game involved showing people a poster with many different healthy and unhealthy foods for 30 seconds, after which they were asked to write down as many items as they could remember. Remembering more of one category would indicate a bias towards healthy or unhealthy foods. The games were very well received and introduced the idea that we all see the world differently, as we all have filters or biases in our cognition. This sparked many interesting discussions on why we develop these biases and under which conditions these might be helpful or sometimes unhealthy. All in all, It was a truly fascinating event and great opportunity to share scientific research with the public. Looking forward to the next one!

 

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