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  1. Bending time with photography. Could VR do a similar thing with space?
    by dnorman (2017-03-06)
  2. we are frequently overwhelmed by too much stimulation, and too many choices instead of too few. As a result, we find ourselves looking for patterns, trying to simplify issues and giving precedence to opinions that reinforce what we already believe to be true.
    Tags: by dnorman (2017-02-27)
  3. Before the game begins, it collects some basic demographic data: gender, age, and where you live. As players move around the game, their positions create heat maps that are relayed back to scientists. This data is analyzed to show navigational decision-making in different conditions.
    Alzheimer’s disease affects parts of the brain that process visual information and deal with spatial awareness.
    Tags: , , by dnorman (2016-11-21)
  4. SCAD students and alumni from 14 programs, including film and television, animation, costume design, dramatic writing, production design, visual effects, themed entertainment design and motion media design, collaborated to produce "Say It With Music."

    In order to completely engage viewers, the team needed to develop a story so delightful the audience would forget about the VR headsets utilized to experience the musical. With creative solutions and inventive thinking, the students achieved their goal.

    When tailoring a story to VR, the process is not about changing the type of narrative, but about how the storyline unfolds.

    If cinematography is visual and theater is verbal, then VR is a hybrid experience requiring a new application. Through brainstorming sessions, multiple ideas were explored, and movement and music were determined to be the best forms of communication. An homage to the legendary American composer and lyricist Irving Berlin was then chosen as the most compelling story.
    Tags: , , , , by dnorman (2016-11-03)
  5. Nothing will make you appreciate human intelligence like learning about how unbelievably challenging it is to try to create a computer as smart as we are. Building skyscrapers, putting humans in space, figuring out the details of how the Big Bang went down—all far easier than understanding our own brain or how to make something as cool as it. As of now, the human brain is the most complex object in the known universe
    Tags: , by dnorman (2016-06-28)
  6. No activity can be successfully pursued by an individual who is preoccupied … since the mind when distracted absorbs nothing deeply, but rejects everything which is, so to speak, crammed into it. Living is the least important activity of the preoccupied man; yet there is nothing which is harder to learn… Learning how to live takes a whole life, and, which may surprise you more, it takes a whole life to learn how to die.
    by dnorman (2016-06-26)
  7. Our shoddy thinking about the brain has deep historical roots, but the invention of computers in the 1940s got us especially confused. For more than half a century now, psychologists, linguists, neuroscientists and other experts on human behaviour have been asserting that the human brain works like a computer.
    Tags: by dnorman (2016-05-19)
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  9. Why should a young man listen to an old guy about the best way to become a man? Because the typical teen is not yet able to see a future past the next few months. That’s not a fault of character, but the fact that teens’ brains have not yet physically matured. The pre-fontal cortex (PFC) does not fully develop in most people until they’re twenty-four years old. Yet, the PFC is responsible for regulating mood, attention span, impulse control, and the ability to plan ahead and understand the consequences of one’s actions. In the meantime, it’s up to the adults to guide them by showing them possible consequences—good and bad—of their behavior. With that in mind, here’s my guide to becoming a man:
    Tags: by dnorman (2013-10-23)
  10. Postural hypotension typically happens when you've been seated or horizontal long enough for blood to pool in your legs. When you stand up, it takes your body a few seconds to adjust to the change in position and send enough blood and oxygen to your brain. It's that lack of oxygen that makes you feel light-headed or dizzy. You're more prone to the condition if you have low blood pressure at baseline or if you usually get heavy periods (in which case you might want to ask your doc if you'd benefit from taking an iron supplement).
    Tags: by dnorman (2013-03-26)

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