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Monday, December 13, 2004 0 comments
Mood: Bored, bored, bored... but too lazy too do anything about it.
Currently listening to: Mambo Italiano - Dean Martin
Well... i've got nothing for today's post.
All i did today was wash the cars with my brother (accompanied by ska and swing music on a bright sunny day), exercise, and laze around at home for the rest of the day watching HBO and the BBC.
Addendum: Met up with Leonard for mamak for a short while. Too short a while as whiles go. *sigh*
This should be an ideal situation for most but i can't seem to appreciate that fact because, dammit, the lethargy is KILLING me!!!
And now, to make matters worse, my brother's managed to snag a job as 'Santa's photographer' and before you start snickering you should know that he's making around RM60/evening for 6 hours work with a 3 hour break in the middle.
I just hope he has to dress in some silly elf costume.
Hrmm... this should normally be a great opportunity to write about my opinions on any mildly thought provoking subject or even do some written introspection but... its just not worth the trouble.
Lethargy is, like, 'teh ebil'.
Instead, i think i'll just do some quizzes accompanied by half-hearted comments.
I blame Tedy.
I think not.
Oh, the irony of coupling this quiz with today's post...
I guess so...
I don't FEEL like a damn visionary at the moment...
Right, one news article and i'm outta here. Random websurfing beckons.
Blind man can 'see emotion'
A COMPLETELY blind British man had been shown to possess an apparent "sixth sense" which let him recognise emotions on people's faces, British scientists said in research released today.
The 52-year-old was able to react to pictures of human faces showing emotions such as anger, happiness or fear, the researchers said.
The man, identified only as "patient X", has suffered two strokes which damaged the brain areas that process visual signals, leaving him completely blind.
However his eyes and optic nerves are intact, and brain scans showed that he appeared to somehow use a part of the brain not usually used for sight to process visual signals linked to some emotions.
When researchers from the University of Wales showed the man images of shapes such as circles and squares, he could only guess what they were, and had a similar lack of success determining the gender of emotionless male and female faces.
But when presented with angry or happy human faces, his accuracy improved to 59 per cent, significantly better than what would be expected by random chance, with similar results for distinguishing between sad and happy or fearful and happy faces.
He was unable, however, to tell apart images of animals which appeared either threatening or non-threatening.
Brain scans showed that when the man looked at faces expressing emotion, it activated a part of his brain called the right amygdala, which is known to respond to non-verbal emotional signs.
The findings, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, suggested the man was able to process information gathered by his eyes in a different part of the brain from the visual centre.
"This discovery is... interesting for behavioural scientists as the right amygdala has been associated with subliminal processing of emotional stimuli in clinically healthy individuals," said Dr Alan Pegna, who led the study.
"What patient X has assisted us in establishing is that this area undoubtedly processes visual facial signals connected with all types of emotional facial expressions."
Name: Patrick Pincon
Studied at: Monash
Work: Business Development
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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