Washington: Did you notice that when an Iraqi reporter flung his shoes toward former US President George W Bush during a Baghdad news conference, he dodged to avoid being hit, while Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who was standing next to him, did not? Well, here is a scientific reason for the difference between the two men's reaction to the shoe attack.
Neuroscientists at the University of Washington say that there are two independent pathways in the human visual system.
''The original idea proposed is that one system guides your actions and the other guides your perception. The interesting part is the ''action'' system allows the brain to ''see'' things your eyes do not perceive,'' said Jeffrey Lin, a UW psychology doctoral student and lead author of a paper appearing in the journal Current Biology.
Image: In this image from APTN video, a man throws a shoe at President George W Bush during a news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday, December 14, 2008, in Baghdad.
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