Ambiguity issues

It may be the last day of instruction, but that probably just means it’s almost time to start studying for finals. In the spirit of all that — and, of course, for your entertainment — I present one of my favorite lecture slides from my perception class this semester:

From my understanding, the lecture aimed to draw parallels between vision and sentence structure to illustrate the importance of context in interpreting visual information. The lesson I took home, however, was that headline-writing abilities are extremely important — otherwise, one may erroneously suggest that certain teachers are particularly abusive or that several foot doctors are unnaturally tall. Perhaps that’s just my way of convincing myself that my job at the newspaper is completely relevant to psychology and cognitive science studies, but that sounds like a personal problem …

In any case, that last headline really speaks to me.

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