Donate Your Brain to Science

from the uh-right dept

Concerned Scientist writes “In a goodwill gesture, many Internet users donate their computer’s spare CPU time to massively distributed computing projects such as SETI@home or Distributed.Net for the advancement of science, but how many of us have donated our spare BRAIN power? Two heads are better than one, and in the case of online, Internet-based psychology experiments, many thousands of heads can rapidly speed the pace of science. The American Psychological Society is currently sponsoring a variety of quick and easy online experiments that range from simple and anonymous surveys to interactive, graphical experiments. Online experiments can provide an entertaining way to spend a coffee break but can also teach you about the human brain; each experiment provides a scientific explanation of the study once completed. Donate your spare brain power today!” Well, this seems like nothing more than a pitch for people to go fill out their experiments, but it’s been a slow news day, so I’ll put it up in case anyone’s interested. Of course, the big difference between donating spare CPU cycles and taking online tests is that the tests actually take time.

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