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Watching a broken TV could help you lose weight
看故障的電視或有助減肥

A man and a clerk look at plasma TV sets at an electronics shop in Tokyo on Oct. 20, 2011.
一位男士與一位員工二0一一年十月二十日在東京一家電器行看電漿電視。

Photo: Reuters
照片:路透社

Scientists have revealed that just by looking at the flickering screen could banish your hunger pangs, and so a broken TV or a TV that needs tuning could be helpful.

Food cravings seem to disappear instantly if someone spends just a few seconds at the black and white flickering screen. The volunteers who carried a hand held computer device displayed the flickering images and reported that their hunger pangs did subside by almost 23 percent immediately after they watched them.

During the course of the study, by psychologists at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, they also consumed nearly 40 percent fewer calories than participants who did not view the images.

The highly unusual dieting regimen deploys a technique known as dynamic visual noise, where thousands of tiny black and white dots bounce around the screen.

Scientists have been using dynamic visual noise in the laboratory for years, mainly to analyze how it affects short-term working memory.

But now research is beginning to show it can help people diet by blocking the vivid images that form in the brain when we experience sudden food cravings for treats like chocolate, ice cream or chips.

(Liberty Times)

科學家揭露,只要觀看閃爍不停的電視畫面就可以消除口腹之慾,因此一台故障或需要調整的電視可能有助減肥。

若有人盯著黑白閃爍畫面短短幾秒鐘,食慾似乎就立刻消失了。帶著掌上型電腦裝置的志願者觀看畫面閃爍後,回報他們飢腸轆轆的感覺幾乎立即消除百分之二十三。

在由澳洲阿得雷德福林德斯大學的心理學家進行的研究過程中,相較於未觀看閃爍畫面的受試者,他們所攝取的卡路里也少了將近百分之四十。

這種極不尋常的節食法,其實就是利用動態視覺噪音,也就是數千個在螢幕上不停跳動的黑白小點。

多年來,動態視覺噪音主要被科學家用來分析其對人類短期記憶的影響。

不過如今研究開始顯示,它能藉由阻斷人們突然想吃巧克力、冰淇淋或洋芋片時,腦中形成的鮮明影像,進而幫助克制口腹之慾。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳成良)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. banish v.

驅逐;消除 (qu1 zhu2; xiao1 chu2)

例: He tried to banish gloom from his thoughts.

(他試圖驅除心中的憂愁。)

2. pang n.

劇痛;苦痛 (ju4 tong4; ku3 tong4)

例: I have experienced the pangs of hunger before.

(我曾經歷過飢餓的折磨。)

3. regimen n.

攝生;食物療法;養生法 (she4 sheng1; shi2 wu4 liao2 fa3; yang3 sheng1 fa3)

例: If you’re trying to lose weight you should follow a low-calorie, low-fat regimen.

(如果要減肥,你應該採用低卡低脂飲食法。)


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