Monday, February 21, 2005

Why is the TV Flashing at me? relaxen und watchen das blinkenlichten

I live across the street from a bunch of TV addicted people living in a Social Housing Project.
My new neighbors on the top floor are a bunch of kids who have a HUGE television.

It is just on the periphial of my vision, and tonight I realized that something was bothering me : THE TELEVISION WAS FLASHING RAPIDLY.

Now, I have been watching the window while collecting data for this article, and can say that it seems that the flashing affect can also take place when the scene changes from dark to light quickly.

That reminds me of the poster from the copy room : Blinkenlights Posters: "relaxen und watchen das blinkenlichten."

The funny thing is that I cannot see exactly what is on the screen, it is at a 10 degree angle to me, but I do notice that it has a stready picture for most of the time. Only once in a while, for short periods is it flashing.

My gut feeling is that the flashing lights will cause a change in the mind of the observer and make them more imprintable for a period of time. A form of Hypnosis.

Googling for the for the idea produced some interesting hits :

Here is a good article on the negative affects of flashing lights :
Spirit of Change Magazine - Good Health is in the Eyes of the Beholder: "The cerebrum is the part of the brain that processes shape, color and movement of visual stimuli. Flashing light, however, is processed in the brain stem which functions primarily through reflex. This vision-induced shift in brain function from cerebrum to stem caused by flashing lights may have serious health and safety consequences far beyond the impairment of our reading capabilities. "

Here are some articles on the Pokeman affect :
The Psycho-Log - The Psychological Community: "'went into a trance-like state, similar to hypnosis, complaining of shortness of breath, nausea, and bad vision . . .'"

The Psycho-Log - The Psychological Community: "In 1994, British commercial television ads and programs were limited to a rate of three flashes per second. The limit followed a 1993 incident in which an ad for noodles featuring fast-moving graphics and bright flashes sparked three seizures."

(Brain of Stig) Cartoon induced sickness, ~729 kids rushed to hospital: "The blame was put on a scene depicting an explosion followed by five seconds of flashing red lights from the eyes of the most popular character, 'Pikachu,' a rat-like creature."

Here they are talking about generators for mind states, depending on the types of flashing, different mind waves can be created.
BRAIN ENTRAINMENT is the reverse of biofeedback.
"Those low frequency electrical brain rhythms which are characteristics of various moods and states of sleep can not only be read out using biofeedback equipment or EEG machines, but using radio, sound, contact electrodes, or flashing lights, the moods and sleep states can be generated or at least encour-aged using brain entrainment devices. Brain entrainment cannot carry voice, which is a much higher frequency range. Brain entrainment can, however, be used to "set up" a target to make him/her more susceptible to hypnosis. These major technology classes can produce some of the observed mind control effects, from hiding, undetectable, with the exception of remote physical manipulation."

Now, here they are talking about different types of brainwashing in modern adverts.
Subliminal Advertising and Modern Day Brainwashing: "Tachistoscope projectors, which can flash words or images onto the screen with a duration of several milliseconds, are used to display the stimuli."

That article contains an interesting list of motivating factors of the mind :
Subliminal Advertising and Modern Day Brainwashing: "human psyche: emotional security, reassurance of worth, ego-gratification, creative outlets, love objects, sense of power, sense of roots, and immortality"

I dont have any conclusions on this topic, but am interested in your feedback.