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York | Prisoners of Gravity | Laurence Harris

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6:00 PM, Friday 5 Apr 2019 (45 minutes)
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Gravity is a given. We as humans have evolved in the constant presence of the gravitational pull of Earth. Most of us may not realize it, but gravity is an essential influence on our behaviour and our perceptions. Our brains use gravity for stability, as a reference to help us judge distances, and even to help establish ownership of our bodies. So who do we become when gravity as we know it disappears? We share what happened during some fascinating experiments in unusual environments, such as underwater and aboard the International Space Station, and the far-reaching effects those results might have for us here on earth.
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York University
Professor and Director of the ORU-Centre for Vision Research Dept of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Tier I York Research Chair in Multisensory Integration