Believing is Seeing: How Mindset Can Improve Vision

May 02, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- How you see isn't just about how good your eyes are - it's also about your mindset, according to a study published in Psychological Science. For example, in one experiment, if someone was told that exercise would improve their vision, they saw better after doing an athletic activity - jumping jacks - than an unathletic activity with the same effect on heart rate - skipping.

The researchers, led by Ellen Langer at Harvard University, were interested in how the mind and body connect, particularly how mindset affects the body's performance. Langer has studied this kind of connection for decades. "Many of the things that we think we can't do are a function of our mindset rather than our abilities to do them," she says. In this case, she was interested in whether what we think affects how well we see.

People expect to see only the first few lines on traditional eye charts. Volunteers in an experiment who read a eye chart arranged in reverse order (the letters got progressively larger, with the giant "E" in the last row) saw a greater proportion of the smallest letters than when they viewed a traditional eye chart.

Another experiment took advantage of the belief that pilots have good . College students in the ROTC were brought into a flight simulator, given army fatigues to wear, and told to fly the simulator. They did simple flight maneuvers, then did an eyesight test by reading markings on the wings of planes ahead - actually lines from an eye chart. A control group of ROTC students was put in the same conditions, but they were told the simulator was broken, and that they should just pretend to fly the plane. The people who had performed like pilots, as opposed to those who just pretended, saw 40 percent better.

These findings suggest that is influenced by and might be improved by psychological means. Just being aware of this might help people improve their eyesight, says Langer - if they pay attention to when they can see well and when they can't, for example, or simply believe that they can see better when they aren't sitting in a dark room at the optometrist's office. These findings along with others from Langer's lab lead them to question how many of our limits are of our own making. The research is part of a larger inquiry into the psychology of possibility.

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VEERUNCLE
2 / 5 (5) May 02, 2010
Dear Custodians of Scientific Research and Discovery,

In honorable continuation to the details been explained above, please aware a weird of self that not only visual acuity is influenced by Mindset, but all of our objective, subject and meta-subject Beingness is there because of our Mind.

Its only the awake mind that creates a human out of being man, apart myriad of thinking-processes as lessons by knowledge through experience to wisdom is because of this Mind only... the brain follows thereafter in-line to manifest a processed-stuff called as thought. Lest, a sleep-mind is next to being animal.

This is why I frequently say to explicate Astral Science -dealing with an esoteric subject of arcane values Cosmic efficacy & tithonicity- that "YOU GIVE ME YOUR MIND ; I GIVE YOU YOUR ACUITY"

Path-savvy between Mind and Matter is Para-Physics, the working-source of all that we are... REST FOR DETAILS : cs.astralscience@gmail.com : (space here is too short)

GREETINGS...
VOR
3.5 / 5 (2) May 02, 2010
this stuff doesnt apply to everyone. some of us see the best we can all the time. I used to always read way down eye charts etc. I probably still can. I'm inately aware of that sence being distinct from my mood or mindset. I can't see as good close though, like most of us as we get older. Even that is partially perception but in a visial perception sense not psycho. I mean that part of that reading acuity is based on the eyes working together and I can see more clearly if I close my 'weak' eye. but I still can't see as clearly as before. It doesnt matter what I've been told etc I see the frking same. And my mind does NOT percieve a difference between jumping jacks and jumprope in this context (nor being influenced to 'be' like a pilot. Either my mind doesnt work quite that way, which I suspect, or that state is always on with me. Either way I'm not saying Im so unique. Im saying this is kinda crap because it obviously doesnt apply to all.
VOR
not rated yet May 02, 2010
Maybe it becuase I'm sorta a non-conformist or maybe because I'm the twitchy sensitive type. I don't 'expect' to see only the first few lines of the chart. I 'expect' to see exactly the full limit of what my eyes send to my brain. My brain may not always perceive that info fully or correctly in the interpretive sense, but my eyes are always giving their best resolution and my mind is geared toward getting that sort of info. btw I have a strong preference to using a 1920x1200 lappy screen, set to a lower 1280x800 because it looks WAY better 'smoother'/fuller, no 'grid' than a native 1280 screen to me.
eurekalogic
not rated yet May 03, 2010
Like everything in this world of ours we are all subject to stimuli in a many variations.
By the way Veeruncle tone the poetry down a tad. I like it but its a bit frothy. We like coffee, but a venti Starbucks mocha bang like yours is ovewhelming so early in the morn. :-)
cakmn
not rated yet May 04, 2010
"These findings along with others from Langer's lab lead them to question how many of our limits are of our own making. The research is part of a larger inquiry into the psychology of possibility."

We each come into this world with a vast array of potentials and possibilities ahead of us. Then we spend much of our lives learning limitations, mostly based in fear. Fortunately, learned limitations can also be unlearned ... providing we awaken to the realities of who we really are relative to what we have become.

This research investigated the ability to see with the eyes in the head. Learning to see with the eyes of the heart opens up a whole new realm to explore.
kevinrtrs
1 / 5 (1) May 05, 2010

What good science this is!!!

What you BELIEVE really does influence what you see. Take this very important point right here:

If you BELIEVE there is no creator then you will SEE evidence for evolution [chemicals to man] everywhere - in the fossils, in the ratios of radiometric products, in natural selection, in common genes, in mutations etc. Everything points to evolution.
No amount of evidence will convince you otherwise since you are only looking for and expecting to find that things made themselves.
Take the case of the "18 milion year" old salamander fossil - no matter that blood cells(ok, soft tissue) is found intact in it and no matter that soft tissue has an outer limit life expectancy of 100K at most - the conclusion is not that the age of the salamander is wrong. No, it's that nature must have some hitherto unknown secret preservation method we must still discover. Evolution must be preserved at all costs because that's what we BELIEVE.

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