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

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.

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.

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.


Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.