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D&D aids in psychology research - but not how you might think

Posted by WJWalton on Thu 01 of Nov., 2012 09:07 PDT
This story from Discover Magazine tells about Alan Kingstone, a psychologist doing research on the gaze-copying behavior found in humans and animals - the tendency we have to look where others are looking. While pondering the different hypotheses on this behavior, Kingstone mentioned them to his 12-year-old son, who suggested a possible method of testing whether or not humans focused on a subject's eyes or the center of their head - show them pictures from the Monster Manual, including monsters like the Beholder, Otyugh, and Umber Hulk, that have eyes in other places.

It's an interesting article, and a great tribute to D&D as a source of iconic images being used in scientific research.

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