The Stroop test asks you to say the word
for the color not the color that you see,
the color in which the word is printed;
it tests the brain's ability to disregard
irrelevant information, to choose
will over sensation,
so that when blue is in red ink
you choose not to see red
or rather, not say so.
See? It's a choice
what you voice and they're
very interested in knowing
how quickly you can override.
It's a trick, brain.
Don't you believe them.
Elizabeth Scanlon is the Editor of The American Poetry Review.