October 27, 2005

The Young Lady And The Old Lady Are BOTH In My Head!

A quick hitter to start your day (Pacific Time, anyway): if you're not fooled by optical illusions, you might be schizophrenic:

Optical illusions that fool most people don't seem to trick those who suffer from schizophrenia, concludes a study published in the latest issue of Current Biology. The success may actually be linked to a weakness in a brain mechanism called contextual processing, which is responsible for picking out relevant sensory information from the barrage of stimuli a person constantly experiences. If that's the case, it may explain why some schizophrenics misunderstand other people's actions in the context of a situation or feel paranoia or persecution.

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Posted by Chris at October 27, 2005 10:16 AM

Category: General Weirdness