Posted by: Andrea Alexander | June 2, 2013

Improving Lives: Rutgers-UMDNJ Researchers Test Potentially Lifesaving Tool for Detecting Schizophrenia

Steven Silverstein and Thomas Papathomas with three-dimensional streetscape illusion.

Steven Silverstein and Thomas Papathomas with three-dimensional streetscape illusion

Diagnosing schizophrenia can be difficult as its symptoms often resemble those of other diseases and conditions, including bipolar illness and severe depression or several neurological disorders.

But a three-dimensional illusion that tricks most people into seeing close objects in the distance and background objects up close may represent a breakthrough in detecting the illness.

This potentially lifesaving use for visual illusions has emerged from collaboration between a Rutgers vision researcher and a UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School clinical psychologist that began almost by chance four years ago.

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