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Psychs Study Awe Astronauts Feel Viewing Earth

Postby southwestforests on Tue 19 Apr 2016 08:52

Wish I could go there and feel that.
Penn Psychologists Study Intense Awe Astronauts Feel Viewing Earth From Space
April 18, 2016

"Picture Earth at the center of a frame. The planet looks unassuming, a fleck, its blue-and-white marbling stark against a black interstellar backdrop. Yet the image likely evokes some reaction.
Now imagine seeing this view from space.
Astronauts who experience Earth from orbit often report feelings of awe and wonder, of being transformed by what they describe as the magic such a perspective brings. This phenomenon is called the “overview effect,” and researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center are studying it to better understand the emotions astronauts commonly recount."

https://news.upenn.edu/news/penn-psychologists-study-intense-awe-astronauts-feel-viewing-earth-space
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Re: Psychs Study Awe Astronauts Feel Viewing Earth

Postby southwestforests on Tue 19 Apr 2016 09:05

And this from link at bottom of that page,
Penn Researchers’ Theory: Brain’s Location-tracking Cells Use Transcendental Number System
Animals use specialized neurons in their brain known as grid cells to keep track of their physical location. The subject of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, they earned that name because, when researchers monitored an individual grid cell in a moving rat, mapping the places where the neuron fired produced a regular triangular grid.

However, the way grid cells encode and decode this information to produce a usable mental map is still a mystery. Individual grid cells don’t differentiate between the points on their corresponding grids; to the brain, each point looks like the same burst of electricity. How can the brain translate those signals into something that says, “you are here?”

Penn researchers now have a theory for how grid cells work together to allow a rat—or a person—to accomplish this task."


[url]http://www.upenn.edu/spotlights/penn-researchers-theory-brains-location-tracking-cells-use-transcendental-number-system[/url]
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