Meditating Monks and Yellow Dots

By joe

According to nature.com, research was conducted on 76 Tibetan Buddhist Monks, in which their “perceptual rivalry” was tested.

Each monk wore a set of goggles that presented two conflicting images (one in each eye). This type of visual makes a normal person’s head spin because your eye can’t decide what to focus on. However, monks skilled in the waste of time art of meditation are able to stay focused on one image.

Another test they were given can be found at http://www.uq.edu.au/nuq/jack/bonneh.html in which you are to stay focused on one yellow dot and the other two will disappear. Normal people can maintain the illusion for 2.6 seconds. One monk kept this up for 12 minutes… what a freak.

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