Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Your Perception of Gravity is Relative

According to a new study, You are able judge how objects will fall when you are upright then when you are on your side. The study took 15 volunteers with laptops and showed computer generated pictures of vases positioned at different angles at the edge of a table and asked which way they'd fall. They were then tested both upright and lying down. The researches found that people were able to judge the fall better when they were upright then when lying down, presumably because we spend most of our time upright and are in our equilibrium.

And our senses do play tricks on us and since our brain perceives gravity's direction through multiple senses, our perception of gravity can be a little well... Off. Stand up hold your right arm out to you side and stand on your right leg with yours eyes open, now do the same with your eyes closed and see how by lacking that extra sensory information, your balance goes off and your brain has tricked you.

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44 comments:

  1. maybe u should write a entry about possibilies of USA faking osamas death ....

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  2. Yeah I thought about it, but I'm getting sick of seeing osama everywhere. I like news that you don't hear about too often or stuff that's weird etc, Idk I might though.

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  3. are you saying gravity hits me harder because im fat? xD

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  4. Huh, that's kinda strange!

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  5. Yeah this is boring! I want more Osama. NOT! :P
    Do you have a link to the study?

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  6. I love random bits of info like this lol. Can't wait for your next blog!

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  7. Wow I tried that, much harder with eyes closed.

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  8. neat thanks for the info, I had no clue

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  9. if you are fat, your gravity perc eption is different ! hahaha

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  10. I put the link at bottom off post

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  11. thats rly cool. thx for sharing

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  12. Hm...it's strange...usally I can keep my balance better with eyes closed Oo

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  13. im pretty sure of my gravity perception...

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  14. Very interesting, now that I think about it I've noticed this in the past!

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  15. this is pretty interesting! oh, and lol @ cyl

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  16. it's pretty mind bending when you consider that scientists still don't know exactly what causes gravity, besides "attraction between objects," there's no real explanation as to why

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  17. That's a very interesting read, and no I couldnt resist trying to trick my brain...turns out it is as weak as the test subjects'.

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  18. Did Newton know this hundreds of years ago? Perhaps.

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  19. strange but makes sense to me! funny i feel like trying it now

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  20. woa, i just tried that. that's weird!!

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  21. I did too! Its strange how complex and wonderful our sense are when placed in odd or akward angles.

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  22. I always think about that... and it's a mindfuck >o<

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  23. Thought a bit about this, nice to see small studies has been done, and to see that it isn't just me who's confused. Thanks for the read!

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  24. cool read, nice blog - followed!

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  25. Wow that interesting thanks for the post

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  26. Interesting post. Learned something new today also.

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  27. I barely can read while I'm laying too xD
    And I got better perception of gravity after playing portal 2 xD

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  28. Wooow! Very good point of view. Never heard about this, good post.

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  29. What all this means is that we mankind have no freaking idea of anything in this world. We just go with the floooow~

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  30. learn something new every day.. thats just trippy :)

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  31. Looks awesome :) Never thought of it like that before.

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  32. Very interesting. We only use 2% of our brain. The power of the human brain is amazing!

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  33. Love reading random facts like this, keep it up

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  34. Nice to see some interesting facts and findings rather than Osama's death vs the Us faking it.

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