Why surprises temporarily blind us..

March 11, 2010 12:09pm CST
New research from Vanderbilt University reveals for first time how our brains coordinate these two types of attention and why may be temporarily blinded by surprises.The researchers were also interrested in what happens to us when our attention is captured by an unexpected event.. Using fMRI, the researchers found that the inferior frontal junction , a region of the lateral prefrontal cortex , was involved in both the original task and in the reaction to the surprise..
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
13 Mar 10
I also think that the shock of the surprise is something that can get us as well sometimes. In a certain sense I think that a surprise is much like the body's reaction to sneezing. We are blinded in a certain sense because the body has a reflex reaction that causes us to blink with certain stimulations. I also think that it is very interesting that there are people that are trying to learn why the human race reacts in certain ways.
@phoenix8606 (4978)
11 Mar 10
hell0! well, i think because the brain really can't react that fast of the thing that we see or maybe the eyes can't focus that fast so that we can see it just in a milisecond. we all know that the lenses in our eye need some time to get in the rigth position to focus the objects. and maybe when we see something which surprised us so fast, the time of the lenses placing we see white or dark!