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Moderate intoxication helps detect minor vision changes

Posted on Feb 13, 10:24AM | IANS

Chicago, Feb 12 : Moderate levels of alcohol can help a person detect minor changes in a visual scene, says a study by American researchers.

During tests of "change blindness," the inability to notice minor changes, intoxicated participants detected as many changes as sober subjects and with shorter response times, reports Science Daily.

Both sober and drunk people find the same number of changes, but drunk people find them faster," says Jennifer Wiley, professor of psychology at University of Illinois, Chicago, and senior author on the study.

Two experiments comprised the new study, which was published online in the journal Consciousness and Cognition.

Co-author Gregory Colflesh, now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maryland, says the findings "nicely supplement our previous research illustrating that moderate intoxication improved creativity".