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Jorge Salazar of EarthSky.org recently interviewed me about my research, and you can find the podcast and text here. I got a chance to talk about the similarity between accents and color vision (how we all believe we have uncolorey skin and no accent), the function of color vision (it’s for giving you that empath sense you didn’t know you have), and why we don’t have eyes on the sides of our heads (it’s for seeing better in cluttered leafy habitats, just the thing for a primate).

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Mark Changizi is Professor of Human Cognition at 2AI, and the author of The Vision Revolution (Benbella Books) and the upcoming book Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man (Benbella Books).


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The UK Royal Society picked their top six science books of 2009. My Vision Revolution was not chosen.

But Amanda Gefter, editor at New Scientist, wrote a story on the Royal Society’s choices, and Vis Rev was one of the books she suggested may have been a better choice than some that made it in.

These two slots might have been better filled by others, such as Jerry Coyne’s Why Evolution is True, a fabulous book that made the Society’s longlist. Reading in the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene didn’t make even that cut, though it was probably my favourite science read of 2009. The Vision Revolution by Mark Changizi, another fascinating book, was also overlooked, as were Wetware by Dennis Bray and Catching Fire by Richard Wrangham.

You can read the entire story here: online and print version.

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Mark Changizi is Professor of Human Cognition at 2AI, and the author of The Vision Revolution (Benbella Books) and the upcoming book Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man (Benbella Books).

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Cyclopses are better than us at video games.

Mike Fahey at Kotaku just wrote a story about my Vision Revolution book, specifically on the matter of what forward-facing eyes are for, in the context of cyclopses and first person shooter video games. His story begins as…

“You might have a pair of eyes, but when you’re playing first-person video games, you’re no better than a cyclops. Neuroscientist Mark Changizi explains how our cyclops-vision helps pinpoint what we’re missing out on when we lose an eye.”

See the rest of the story here.

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Mark Changizi is Professor of Human Cognition at 2AI Labs, and the author of The Vision Revolution (Benbella Books) and the upcoming book Harnessed (Benbella Books).


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Ian Woolf of Diffusion Radio just reviewed The Vision Revolution, and you can hear the podcast here (15 minutes in).

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Mark Changizi is a professor of cognitive science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the author of The Vision Revolution (Benbella Books).

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Recently I was interviewed Jovana Grbic of ScriptPhD about The Vision Revolution. She has a great knack for asking unusual questions, taking me out of my standard responses and making me think. (To find the podcast itself, scroll down within this link until you see it.) I also wrote a guest piece for them on idea-mongering and non-genius that you’ll find there.

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Mark Changizi is a professor of cognitive science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the author of The Vision Revolution (Benbella Books).

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David DiSalvo is a science writer for places like Scientific American, with his own Brainspin column at the True/Slant Network, and another column he calls Neuronarrative.

He recently interviewed me about my book, The Vision Revolution

Neuronarrative interview with me

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Mark Changizi is a professor of cognitive science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the author of The Vision Revolution (Benbella Books).

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The press release just came out for my simple proposal for harnessing our color vision for better sensing clinical skin color changes of patients, along with some news stories, which can be linked here…

LA Times, Toronto Sun, Forbes, Times Union (and video), Troy Record, BoingBoing, AOL News, Times Colony, Diagnostic Imaging, Ratschlag24, Press Release, and my own SB piece. Also, here’s the paper itself.

This proposal for medicine is a corollary of my research on the evolution of color vision — it’s for seeing emotions and states on the skin of those around us — something you can read about in my book, The Vision Revolution. I have a variety of pieces on the research here.

And here’s a figure that helps summarize the “oximetry” point in the press release…

Mark Changizi is a professor of cognitive science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the author of The Vision Revolution (Benbella Books).

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