vision http://wrkf.org en Seeing In The Pitch-Dark Is All In Your Head http://wrkf.org/post/seeing-pitch-dark-all-your-head A few years ago, cognitive scientist Duje Tadin and his colleague Randolph Blake decided to test blindfolds for an experiment they were cooking up.<p>They wanted an industrial-strength blindfold to make sure volunteers for their work wouldn't be able to see a thing. "We basically got the best blindfold you can get." <a href="http://www.bcs.rochester.edu/people/Duje/index.html">Tadin</a> tells Shots. "It's made of black plastic, and it should block all light."<p>Tadin and Blake pulled one on just to be sure and waved their hands in front of their eyes. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:44:00 +0000 editor 18239 at http://wrkf.org Seeing In The Pitch-Dark Is All In Your Head Eeek, Snake! Your Brain Has A Special Corner Just For Them http://wrkf.org/post/eeek-snake-your-brain-has-special-corner-just-them Anthropologist Lynne Isbell was running through a glade in central Kenya in 1992 when something suddenly caused her to freeze in her tracks. "I stopped just in front of a cobra," she says. "It was raised with its hood spread out."<p>Isbell, who is at the University of California, Davis, says she has spent the past couple of decades trying to understand how she could have reacted before her conscious brain even had a chance to think — cobra!<p>"At first I thought it was luck," she says. "But now I'm pretty sure that it's not luck. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:48:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 18052 at http://wrkf.org Eeek, Snake! Your Brain Has A Special Corner Just For Them