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Vision, Hearing Team Up To Help Us Catch Moving Targets
2013-06-26 05:09:45

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Chasing down a moving object is not only a matter of sight and sound; but as a new study led by the Ohio State University at Mansfield says, it is also a matter of mind. The research team found that individuals who are blindfolded use the same strategy to intercept a running ball carrier as those who can see. This suggests cooperation between multiple areas of the brain is necessary to accomplish the task. The study, published in...

2011-02-10 15:47:42

People tend to overestimate the steepness of slopes "“ and psychologists studying the phenomenon have made a discovery that refutes common ideas about how we perceive inclines in general. For more than a decade, researchers thought that our judgment was biased by our fatigue or fear of falling, explained Dennis Shaffer, associate professor of psychology at Ohio State University's Mansfield campus. We perceive climbing or descending hills as difficult or dangerous, so when we look at an...

2009-02-03 13:13:03

People underestimate the length of the white dashed lines painted down the middle of a road indicating that many drive too fast, a U. S. researcher said. Study leader Dennis Shaffer of Ohio State University and colleagues tested more than 400 college students in three experiments. When asked to guess the length of the lines from memory, most answered 2 feet. The real answer is 10 feet. That's the federal guideline for every street, highway, and rural road in the United States, where dashed...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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