Stroop

Elizabeth Scanlon
December 24, 2016
Author: 
Elizabeth Scanlon

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.