We were contacted by researchers at Vanderbilt University asking for help identifying birders of all levels who will participate in online surveys supporting research on the minds and brains of birders. Follow the links in this article for more information and to participate in the research.
Here are some things they have to say about the research:
"There are many kinds of experts. Some people are expert at solving physics problems, playing chess, making medical diagnoses, or performing athletic movements. We focus on perceptual experts. Birders and ornithologists, as well as radiologists, mycologists, firefighters, and other specialists are noted for their remarkable ability to accurately and rapidly recognize, categorize, and identify objects and events within their domain of expertise. Understanding the unique abilities of experts can have important real-world implications for enhancing the development of expertise in the workplace."
"Our laboratory at Vanderbilt University is looking for birders of all levels of experience to participate in a project examining how perception and memory for birds differs between beginners and experts. We really do mean all levels of experience, from the true beginner to the expert with decades of study, and everything in-between.
These experiments are online on the web. They measure your ability to remember and identify birds and sometimes other animals or objects. Many experiments are fairly short. They can be done on any computer, wherever and whenever you decide to do them.
One of our current experiments is a bird identification test. Go online and test your birding skills.This is the web site for our experiments: http://expertise.psy.vanderbilt.edu
Once you register your own login id and password on the site, and complete a short survey of your birding expertise, you will be able to participate in any experiments that are available. We expect to add new experiments over time. Some future experiments may include modest compensation."
See their Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/This-is-Your-Brain-on-Birds-158030504237705/
Join the research here: http://expertise.psy.vanderbilt.edu/
If you have questions, contact Professor Thomas Palmeri
Thomas Palmeri, Ph.D
Professor of Psychology
Nashville, TN 37240