February 17, 2009

And now . . . this - Feb. 17/09

She blinded me with science

Researchers scanned the brains of certain men as they looked at a photograph of a woman in a bikini and discovered that sections of the brain that usually reacted to objects lit up.

Could that be because a photograph is, in fact, an object?

[Princeton professor Susan Fiske:] "I am not saying that they literally see them as an object, of course they know she is human," she said.

"But what the brain scans show is that they are reacting to this photograph as people react to objects. It is as if they are not fully human.

"They are not treating them as fully three dimensional humans."

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And could that be because a photograph is, in fact, a two-dimensional representation of a human?

And on that note, I'm off to objectify some dinner.