A 14-Year-Old Boy behind D&D Experiment

A 14-Year-Old Boy behind D&D Experiment

A new research has claimed that human brain is too complex to process monsters, humanoids and other such fictional creatures. It has been claimed that humans have the tendency to track down social, behaviorally relevant information by looking into the eyes of people around them.

The research has been co-authored by a 14-year-old boy. The son of co-author Alan Kingstone, was 12 when his questions intrigued his father and they both started the research. Recalling that time, Kingstone, a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Colombia, shared that Julian Levy "suggested it over dinner one day while I was commenting that people believed that it might be impossible to discriminate whether people look at the eyes or just the center of the face".

It is required to know how specific areas of brains actual help manage the processing part, which would be help in managing kids with social deficits. For the research, they presented observers with images of people and characters from the popular fantasy game "Dungeons and Dragons", comprising of "humanoids" (who have eyes in the middle of their faces) and "monsters" (who have eyes positioned elsewhere).

It has never been easy to understand the neurological underpinnings of gaze behavior, but there are expectations that a lot would be able to reveal about the same in future.


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