Vision

Do We Only See What We Want To See? Experts Don't Notice A Gorilla In Their Midst...

The visual cortex is a fantastical portion of the brain, and one which is enlarged in our species to the extent that we can use our eyes to make sense of the world around us in amazing detail. We notice colours, shapes, motion, direction, and even three d ...

Article - Sarah Harrison - Jul 22 2013 - 2:16pm

One Color Night Light Is Best For Sleep- But The Color Will Surprise You

If you have to have light at night, a new study suggests that the color can make a big difference in how (un)healthy it is- and the answer is counter-intuitive. Though the color blue is believed to have a calming effect, a study involving hamsters found t ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 6 2013 - 6:03pm

Beat Blindness With Some Vegetable Oil?

Researchers writing in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology suggest that incubating retinal cells with vegetable oils induces biochemical and biophysical changes in the cell membrane, which may have a beneficial effect in preventing or slow ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 15 2013 - 11:26am

Language Is A Top-Down Signal For Perception

A new paper says that words can play a powerful role in what we perceive.What we see is a function not only of incoming visual information, but also how that information is interpreted in light of other visual experiences, and may even be influenced by la ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 26 2013 - 4:09pm

Playing Video Games Can Boost Cognition And Reaction Time

Video games have beem widely available to the home market for 40 years, which means there have been 40 years of concern about what impact, negative or positive, they may have. Soon after the first video games such as Pong and Space Invaders hit the market ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 3 2013 - 9:12pm

Do You Have The Right Stuff? Astronaut Testing Gets A Boost

During a space shuttle mission on October 30th, 2007, astronauts set out to install two solar panels on the truss of the International Space Station (ISS). The first panel deployed successfully but they noticed a two-foot-wide tear in the second panel.  To ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 22 2013 - 10:03am

Even Short Term Space Flight Causes Changes In Eyes

Less than two weeks in space may be enough to cause profound changes in eye structure and gene expression, according to a new report based on a small study. The study looked at how low gravity and radiation and oxidative damage impacts mice and examines e ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 24 2013 - 12:59pm

Eyetracking Study: Men Check Out Female Bodies- And So Do Women

Women can tell when someone's eyes aren't on her face and are instead looking at her body- because it happens all of the time. Men do it... and so do other women. At least when they are in college. The oft-rumored "objectifying gaze" i ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 29 2013 - 3:48pm

What Color Is H? Synesthesia In Childhood

What color is H? Is 4 brighter than 9? Those questions don't make sense to many people but for people with grapheme-color synesthesia, they have real answers. ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 12 2013 - 2:25pm

The Chemistry Of Cataract Creation

A breakthrough in understanding how cataracts form could be used to help prevent the world's leading cause of blindness, which currently affects nearly 20 million people worldwide.  It has long been known that human eyes have a powerful ability to fo ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 5 2013 - 11:50pm