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So the team decided to repeat their first experiment with a group of grapheme-color synesthetes — people who always associate letters and numbers with specific colors. The results were off the charts.
All nine of the synesthetes experienced visual perceptions in both trials, even though they were led to believe they wouldn't see anything in the second trial. What's more, the images the synesthetes saw were more defined than the images the non-synesthetes saw: Instead of perceiving a faint shadow, they described seeing something akin to an inverted pendulum, and some even said they saw fingers.
The team then performed eye-tracking experiments on synesthetes and non-synesthetes. Research has shown that you can only have smooth eye movements from side to side if you are tracking an object — if you're not locked on to an object, your eye movements will be jerky. This is actually why physicians instruct patients to follow their finger, Tadin explained.
"If a patient shows nice eye movement, then the visual system is working correctly," Tadin said. "If there's jerky eye movement, then there may be neurological problems."
I think he just got worked up because you do have a tendency to come off a bit condescending,
originally posted by: solarstorm
Nong’s night vision has sparked interest around the world by vision scientists, evolutionary biologists, and genetic engineers. And this is good news for science as we may eventually be able to use genetic technologies to deliberately create such a condition ourselves.
Chinese Boy with Ability to See in Pitch Black Stuns Medics
Is this boy possibly a new part of human evolutionary progress? Hate to use the term mutant but this case is pretty damn cool. Video attached to article. Enjoy ATS.