Yesterday, I saw an unfamiliar word: Stroop.
I reacted by googling “Stroop” with my trusty, stroop phone.
Now, I’m not saying that I used “stroop” correctly in that previous paragraph. But doesn’t “stroop” sound like it might mean something that fits there?
Anyway, Google quickly found this Stroop Wikipedia entry:
The Stroop effect is the finding that naming the color of the first set of words is easier and quicker than the second. In psychology, the Stroop effect is a demonstration of interference in the reaction time of a task.
I’ll name this: that Wikipedia definition of Stroop did not make it easier or quicker for me to identify the stroop I had just seen. Indeed, it interfered in my reaction time finding out what “stroop” meant.
Before I show you photos I took yesterday, I’ll give you this task: take some reaction time to consider what “stroop” sounds like it might mean, to you.
Here are my photos:
No matter what you think stroop might mean, one of those photos does demonstrate stroop. Here’s my second set of words about that: something shown above inspired this entire stroop post.
Would you like to take a guess, before the big stroop reveal?
Whatever stroop set of words you leave in a comment, I hope my reaction time is quick enough.
Thanks to waffles and Wikipedia, to the Stroop effect, to everything else that helped me blog today, and to you — of course! — no matter what your stroopy reactions are to this Stroop post.