Neuroscientists Use Tim Burton Movie To Help With Research

Neuroscientists from Aalto University in Finland conducted a study on psychosis, and it turns out Tim Burton proved very useful in their efforts. The researchers looked to the director’s visual aesthetics in his 2010 incarnation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to help identify early signs of the condition. Psychosis is a brain condition in which a person cannot distinguish between what is real and what isn’t. Two groups of people were used in the study—those who have had a psychotic episode and those who haven’t. Both groups watched the Tim Burton flick while computer imagery was taken of the participants’ precuneus, an area of the brain that scientists say contribute to formulating a sense of self, recalling memories, shifting attention and other processes. In ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ viewers are required to…

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