Learning To See Upside-Down

Learning To See Upside-Down

In the late 1800s, a scientist named George Stratton claimed that his brain adjusted so well to seeing upside-down that the world actually appeared right-side up again. Although researchers have not been able to emulate these results, they have learned that the brain can adapt to an upside-down view rather quickly. After a week or so of wearing inversion glasses, most people are able to ride a bike, catch a ball, and perform other tasks that are initially almost impossible.

Inverted Vision Experiment Clip

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The images projected onto our retinas are naturally upside-down, but the brain corrects our vision so that we see right-side up. (0:22)

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    After three days of wearing inversion glasses, Susannah was able to write upside-down. (1:35)

  • 3

    Watch Susannah take off a pair of inversion glasses after wearing them for a week: (3:03)

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