Psychology

Passive eye movements go unnoticed

What happens when the eye is passively dislocated? Well, it turns out that the research on that is out (or rather has been out since 1960), and the answer is very strange indeed. Brindley and Merton, writing in 1960 in the Journal of Physiology reported that when the human eye is moved passively with a special contact lens, while the muscles usually responsible of the movement of the eye are anaesthetized, that people were unaware that their eye has moved.

Mind Matters

I recently wrote a piece for Scientific American’s mind matters section. I wanted to call it “Why you won’t believe me”, but the editors thought otherwise. The post was about some cool research about how your name might influence how other people perceive your claims. It turns out that people are more likely to agree with people whose names they find easier to pronounce. Anyway, I enjoyed writing for them, so hopefully you’ll enjoy reading the piece: