[Tig] frame rate psychology

Rob Lingelbach rob
Tue Mar 18 02:50:36 GMT 2003

'Between 6:30 and 7 p.m. on December 16, 1997, as if struck down
by a biblical plague, at least 600 Japanese children
simultaneously became ill. Some vomited, others had seizures; a
few stopped breathing for a while. All had been watching an
episode of the animated series Pok?mon, and all had seen a bomb
explode on the screen, followed by a succession of colors that
pulsed on and off at about 12 flashes a second. '

the above is a partial quote from the current issue of Discover
magazine, book reviews section, available on the web at

The article also describes that 12fps is identical to the brain's
alpha-wave frequency.

It's interesting that 6fps, which has enjoyed a vogue for
presentation of several years, is a subharmonic of the alpha
frequency.  And that 24fps is a first harmonic.

Rob Lingelbach   
rob at calarts.edu
rob at colorist.org

Man's unique agony as a species consists in his perpetual conflict between
the desire to stand out and the need to blend in.
		-- Sydney J. Harris

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