Friday, January 06, 2006

Mystery spot

The Mystery Spot, for decades one of Santa Cruz's most alluring tourist sites, bills itself as a place where the laws of physics and gravity cease to exist. But Bruce Bridgeman, a professor of psychology and psychobiology at the University of California-Santa Cruz, says the Mystery Spot isn't a mystery.``Scientific psychology,'' he says, can explain all the illusions that visitors encounter there. That's why Bridgeman uses the Mystery Spot to teach his students how the human brain works -- and deceives.

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