Meet the Candidates
As part of their voter education project, the League of Cognition Voters will be holding a town meeting to discuss the positions of the presidential candidates on relevant cognitive theories. Please plan on attending, it should be fun and educational. Below you will find a brief platform summary of each candidate. Buchanan * Short Term Memory Supports Atkinson and Shiffrin's outdated model of STM. When asked why he opposed the more modern, and empirically supported model proposed by Baddeley, Buchanan responded that he wouldn't support "one of them limey bastard theories." An apparent reference to Baddeley's British heritage. Trump * Evolutionary Psychology Claiming that this distinguishes him from the Buchanan campaign, Trump is a firm supporter of evolutionary psychology. He is particularly supportive of work that demonstrates that males are inherently polygamous, and shouldn't be held responsible (by means such as alimony) for their sexual dalliances. Forbes * Motor Control Has repeatedly called for the repeal of Fitts' law. Claiming that it hurts the American economy. W. Bush * Repressed Memories George W. Bush supports Terr's claims that repressed memories are a real phenomenon. Mr. W. Bush vows to introduce legislation to encourage, and in some cases require, repression of memories of "youthful indiscretions." McCain * Associative Nature of Memory This former POW and all around American Hero who kind of looks like a younger John Glenn, supports work that indicates that human memory is associative. His campaign will take two approaches based on these findings Some campaign ads will feature McCain discussing his torturous years in the Hanoi Hilton while he plays with cute puppies, while other ads will focus on how at the same time, fellow candidate Gov. W. Bush may possibly have considered being associated with people who spent time around cocaine and other bad drugs. Bradley * Attention Bradley has forcefully argued that attention should be allocated to the most needy among us. His claims have been called "crazy" by noted psychologist George Sperling who claims that attention is not a limited resource, but rather a "state of mind, dude." Gore * Fallability of Eyewitness Testimony Wholly supports work by Loftus that claims that we shouldn't place much emphasis on eyewitness accounts, as they are easily distorted. In a recent town hall meeting, he demonstrated this effect by claiming that despite the overwhelming public belief that he is somehow associated with president Clinton, the two have never even met. Quayle * Missing Letter Effect Had he remained in the race, this would have undoubtedly been the focus of his campaign.