"electric sex gleaming in the window"

I guess we should have known this, but it turns out that sexual imagery temporary blinds one. So says this article.

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”.
Clive Thompson, who gets the H/T for this entry, ruminates...

When you're zooming along at 60 miles an hour, being blinded for even a fraction of second could get somebody killed. And man, would it ever suck to get killed because of a Hooters billboard.

... or perhaps, one of those new Dove ads that are getting the attention of guys everywhere. (h/t to educat for that one).

Jannotti tag: science
Posted to: psyche

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