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Blind Anger

by | 13th, December 2004

‘A BLIND man can apparently ‘see’ emotions in the faces of others, according to new research by a team at the University of Wales.

”Okay, guess what I’m feeling now!”

Even if he cannot distinguish movement, colours or even the presence of bright light, he can recognise fear, anger and happiness on the faces of others.

This is, says the Times, because the part of the brain used in recognising emotion is quite distinct from the part of the brain involved in normal vision.

The experiment, led by Dr Alan Pegna, involved showing an unnamed blind man 200 pictures of the faces of people showing a range of emotions.

He was able correctly to identify the emotion shown in 60% of the cases a rate significantly higher than chance.

When blind Home Secretary David Blunkett next looks at his colleagues sitting round the Cabinet table, we fully expect him to score closer to 100%.

He can certainly assume that there is no-one there who is happy to see him, although the Prime Minister will no doubt confuse matters by wearing his trademark rictus grin.

In fact, Mr Blunkett need only gauge the degrees of anger among colleagues, many of whom he has insulted in a recent biography.

In the meantime, the Guardian says there is growing concern that his short-term survival in

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