Birder with Binoculars

We all know that birders are smart, right? Maybe that’s why researchers are looking for birders of all levels to examine perception and memory. You can help by testing your birding skills online!

Psychologists at Vanderbilt University are engaged in a project examining how perception and memory for birds differs between beginners and experts. And they mean all levels of experience, so don’t be shy.

Here’s the announcement from Vanderbilt:

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. You can start right now: click here to go online and test your birding skills.

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.

If you have questions, please contact Professor Thomas Palmeri at Vanderbilt University by email or by regular mail at Thomas Palmeri, Ph.D Professor of Psychology Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 37240. You can check out their Web site or visit their Facebook page for more information..