James Holmes was Studying Temporal Illusions, or the Ability to “Change the Past”…


This post is not nearly as exciting as you might think, but it is informative.

I found this interesting video clip here:

James at Science Camp

So… what is this temporal illusion?

A temporal illusion is a distortion in sensory perception caused when the time between the occurrence of two or more events is very short (typically less than a second). In such cases a person may misperceive the temporal order of the events. The kappa effect is a form of temporal illusion verifiable by experiment[16] whereby time intervals between visual events are perceived as relatively longer or shorter depending on the relative spatial positions of the events. In other words, the perception of temporal intervals appears to be directly affected, in these cases, by the perception of spatial intervals. The Kappa effect can be displayed when considering a journey made in two parts that take an equal amount of time. Between these two parts, the journey that covers more distance will appear to take longer than the journey covering less distance, even though they take an equal amount of time.


The Mentors and their Work

Whatever he was working on, could be found either by looking at works by Dr. Terrence Sejnowski or John Jacobson, who were luckily shown in the PowerPoint on the news clip.

Here is a clue..

Eagleman, D. M.; Sejnowski, T. J.; Untangling Spatial from Temporal Illusions, Trends in Neuroscience, 25(6) 293, 2002 (PDF)

Here is the PDF:

Untangling Spatial From Temporal Illusions 2002-3516

Courtesy of DarkBake on ATS