Sunday, August 14, 2005

Porn can make you go blind

I've been away on a course all week, and will be away again next week, but upon my return I did find this interesting article in New Scientist:

Researchers have finally found evidence that erotic images make you go blind. The effect is temporary and lasts just a moment, but the research has added to road-safety campaigners’ calls to ban sexy billboard-advertising near busy roads, in the hope of preventing accidents.

The new study by US psychologists found that people shown erotic or gory images frequently fail to process images they see immediately afterwards. And the researchers say some personality types appear to be affected more than others by the phenomenon, known as “emotion-induced blindness”.

So that means I'll have to stop reading top rack magazines while driving;-)

On other news, I'm keeping a watchful eye out for Sin-Jin Smyth which is filming at the moment. The story concerns a pair of federal marshals (played by Jason Hildebrandt and Richard Tyson, both from BLACK HAWK DOWN) who arrive in a town called Shin Bone on November 2 (the Day of the Dead) to transport a prisoner with no past and no identity ... he is known only as Sin-Jin Smyth.

On my own news front, my agent is hard at work trying to sell my novel The Kult, so watch this space ...

7 comments:

Scott said...

Hi, I'm an aspiring writer with nothing published, or even completed. How's that for green. I'm also just into my forties. I like your blog and will check it out from time to time.

Shaun said...

Thanks for dropping by Scott. I hope you continue to write, and eventually you will finish what you started.

Harriet said...

I thought it was the activity that went with the porn that made you go blind.

Shaun said...

I think that depends on how often you do it;-)

Lee Carlon said...

I think it's hilarious that they needed to do a study to figure this out. Even if you didn't go temporarily blind, looking at billboards of beautiful women wearing their smalls, while you're driving, would be enough of a distraction to cause accidents.

Lee Carlon said...

Opps, I also meant to say good luck with The Kult

Shaun said...

Thanks Lee :-)