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January 20, 2014

 

Brain MRI

The Moving Thumb

On this A Moment Of Science, we'll teach you a simple trick that reveals how much interpretation goes into perception.

April 18, 2013

 

sculpture's hands

Why Are Some People Double-Jointed?

Can you bend your thumb backwards until it touches your wrist? If you join your hands behind your back, can you lift them over your head without letting go?

April 6, 2004

 

Chopsticks and Arthritis

Learn about the dangers of chopsticks on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

Double Joints

Can you bend your thumb backwards until it touches your wrist? If you join your hands behind your back, can you lift them over your head without letting go? If you can, you might be what some people call “double-jointed.” But, A Moment of Science wonders, how could anyone have double joints?

September 27, 2003

 

The Moving Thumb

This shows that our brains aren’t just open windows through which the world pours. They are always interpreting the information they receive. In this case, your brain knew your eyes were moving, and it interpreted the change in visual images as coming from inside your head.

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