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Have you ever had a stressful experience when everything seemed to go into slow motion? Was this the brain in overdrive or a fake recollection?
Did you ever have an experience during which everything seemed to go into slow motion? It happened to me once when I was a kid and fell of my bike. The reason I ask is that I just heard about a university lecturer who wanted to know if this type of thing really happened, or if it was just a case of the brain pulling everything together after the event and leaving you with a false "slow-motion" memory.
So he created a small display that flashes a series of numbers too fast for one to distinguish them. Then he strapped this display to the wrist of a volunteer, attached a bungee cord to this brave soul's legs, and threw him off a 150-foot tower. So what do you think happened? Under this stressful situation, did the volunteer's brain go into over-drive and could he read the numbers (or was he too busy screaming)? You can find the answer in the new section I just added to the end of the "Turning Things Upside Down" topic in my paper on Color Vision.
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