July 11, 2010

A Gorilla and What Else?

1 Monkey Business Illusion

Changing a famous experiment involving two teams passing basketballs and a person in a gorilla suit, researchers were able to show that even when you expect the unexpected, you may still miss it! Since the gorilla experiment is famous, many people watching the research video knew to look for a person in a gorilla suit, but even those people still missed other unexpected events. The experiment is an example of "inattentional blindness," missing something obvious while focusing attention on something else. The research, which appears in i-Perception, was conducted by Daniel Simons, a professor at the University of Illinois. The gorilla video, "The Monkey Business Illusion," was a finalist in the Neural Correlate Society's Best Illusion of the Year contest.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Cheesecake Factory Flying Gorilla

Tags: University of Illinois, IPerception, Gorilla Experiment, Gorilla Suit Video, Missing the Obvious, Inattentional Blindness, Daniel Simons, Neural Correlate Society's Best Illusion, Person in a Gorilla Suit, The Monkey Business Illusion

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Two Things to Ward off Dementia

2 Exercise and Vitamin D May Reduce Alzheimer’s

Two studies looked at two factors that may decrease cognitive decline and dementia, including Alzheimer’s. The first study in which 1200 people were followed since 1948 found that those who engaged in moderate to heavy exercise reduced the risk of dementia by 40 percent and those with the lowest levels of activity has a 45 percent increased risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s. The second one looked at levels of vitamin D and cognitive decline and dementia. Data from 3,3,25 people 65 years and older were analyzed and they had their vitamin D levels measured. There was a 42 percent higher risk of cognitive impairment in people who were vitamin D deficient and 394 percent higher in those with a more severe deficiency. More research will be needed to confirm these studies.

More at Yahoo! Health Day | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Blood Protein May Detect Alzheimer's Early

Tags: Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency, Cognitive Decline, Cognitive Impairment, Exercise and Dementia

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