October 06, 2014

8:22 PM | Can You Get PTSD From A Virtual Experience?
Super Mario Couch Jason Schneider Virtual environments almost certainly induce genuine anxiety, says Grainne Kirwan, a psychologist who specializes in cybercrime at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Ireland. For example, your physiological and emotional responses to entering a dark alley in a video game may be comparable to those you'd have in a similar real-life situation. "But would it be to the extent of initiating post-traumatic stress […]

October 03, 2014

9:30 PM | Is Screen Time Bad For Your Eyes?
Wide Eyed Jason Schneider There’s no direct evidence that TVs, computers, or cell phones cause nearsightedness. Yet worries about the effects of staring at illuminated screens persist. Our eyes adjust their shape to focus on “near work” with printed text or digital displays, so it seems plausible that extended bouts of reading might lead to lasting damage. But Kathryn Rose of the University of Sydney says this hypothesis has not been borne out. That said, […]
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