Moderate intoxication may help a person notice minor changes in a visual scene, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found. 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.
"Both the sober and drunk people find the same number of changes, but drunk people find them faster," says Jennifer Wiley, professor of psychology at UIC and senior author on the study.
Two experiments comprised the new study, which was published online in the journal Consciousness and Cognition.
First, 48 males were given a baseline task-set to make sure the drinking and non-drinking groups were equal at the outset.
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