SEX………..Blue vs PInk

The title of the article ‘At last, science discovers why blue is for boys but girls really do prefer pink’ (The Times, 2007) is a bit miss leading.  when you read the article you see that the article does not completely come to a conclusion that matches the title.   The article is mainly based on cultural preferences saying that when asking a group of  208 participants 37 were Chinese which red is a colour in their culture meaning luck and happiness.  The article has no evidence to back up any of it’s suggestions and the article is very short and covers several opinions on the topic.  There is no proper conclusion to the article is ends with another idea of why women choose pink,  it does not give any references or any research that has gone into the ideas of the article.

The second article is by Hurlbert and ling (2007)  it gives a lot of evidence to suggest why men and women choose blue and pink.  The title of the article fits well with the topic.  It does no miss lead the reader and it gives the reader enough information so they want to read on.   The article comes to a lot of conclusions on each area of research that it looked into.  the main conclusion was that when men and women choose either blue or pink cultural as well as individual experience. it is also down to each person using their own Trichromacy  The headline of the news report implied that the conclusion would be due to ‘Biological components of sex differences in color preference’ (Hurlbert and Ling, 2007).  This headline is accurate in the fact that the article covers these topic and gives valuable evidence to support this.

The article ‘At last, science discovers why blue is for boys but girls really do prefer pink’ (The Times 2007) is very short with no references or furthur reading or any evidence of research going into it.  The second article ‘Biological components of sex differences in color preference’ Hurlbert and Ling 2007) has a long list of references and good evidence of research that has been done to back up the points that it has made,  making it a more reliable source.

Hubert, A. C., & Ling, Y. (2007) Biological components of sex differences in colour preference, Current Biology,17, R623-R625. Doi:10. 1016/j.cub.2007.06.022

Hendson, M. (2007) At last, science discovers why blue is for boys but girls really do prefer pink, Cited from The times, (December 2011) Retrieved from


Would you be a good eye witness?

My blog today is all about taking in things around you.

If there was a car accident or a crime was committed and you were a witness, would you be able to be an accurate witness for the police?  This follows on from my blog last week of what we remember.

We only really remember what we need to and if it rehearsed then we can store it in our Long Term memory.  There is the danger that if we try and remember an event that happened and we over think it we can start adding things into the event and making our own memories of what we have seen.. Therefore not making it a very accurate interpretation of events.

Are some people better than others at remembering things that they have seen and being  more visually and spatial aware of their surroundings than others?

Here are a few clips some of them you may have seen before.

Watch the first clip and follow the instructions:

The second clip is of a film the shining and as in many films some things are recorded wrong and not true to real life.

How many of you who have seen the film the shining have already spotted these things?

Having a learning difficulty can effect the way we take things in and remember every day things around us as it influences several cognitive skills.  It is suggested that people with learning difficulties proved the best evidence in court as they give the most important details even if there testimony is short it is vital information in that short piece.

If everybody saw the same event happen, each persons account of the event would be slightly different and each testimony would contain different parts of information.  This is because each person would have something that meant something to them to remember it.    If i saw someone kick a football at someones head i would be less likely to remember that when giving an eye witness testimony account.  Whereas if someone stole a handbag, i would be able to give you size colour etc in my testimony.  Therefore we cant say that one person is more likely to give a better testimony than another.