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Except one of you, but I will u2u you later
You're onto something there. Not only can psychology help us in determining whether people are lying or not, but the related subject of human perception is relevant too, in cases such as the Phoenix lights sightings. There was a "connect the dots" psychological effect on people's perception of the flares. This is not the result of anyone lying, but actually reporting what their mind tricks them into seeing. We have all looked at "optical illusions" and those are more than a fun series of images to look at, they illustrate some real limitations in our abilities to perceive things that aren't well defined, like some flares or point sources of light 50 miles away. Here is an effect that might have come into play in the phoenix lights:
Originally posted by jkrog08
I think another good tool is some type of knowledge in psychology so one can be better able to determine if the witness(s) is lying or believing they saw something but really didn't.
Autokinesis is a visual illusion. It can occur under certain conditions, especially on dark nights in areas with few visual cues (such as lights or other illuminated objects or landmarks). When a small, dim, and fixed light source remains within visual range for an extended period of time, this phenomenon can occur, making it appear as if the light source were moving. This visual illusion can be of particular danger to pilots at night. In addition, it is possible that this illusion may account for some supposed UFO sightings in which witnesses may see an isolated light, such as a bright star or planet, seeming to move erratically around.
The flash lag illusion or flash-lag effect is a visual illusion wherein a flash and a moving object that appear in the same location are perceived to be displaced from one another.
Originally posted by open_eyeballs
reply to post by TheMythLives
ya, ther you go...very cool videos...good thread..it is important for people to understand that most eye witnesses are not seeing what they think they are seeing.
theres too many people that jump to the conclusion...UFO...immeditaley without trying to rationalize it first. As you have done a good job at showcaseing 90% of all "UFOs" can be identified with conventional means. There are only that small 5+ percent that truly can be labeled "U.F.O."