New Study Concludes People With Mental Health Issues Have Changes In Visual Perception

In the world of social media validation and instant gratifications, many people are silently suffering some or other mental health issues. Be it depression, anxiety, OCD, or any other mental health-related issue every one of us has dealt with either of them once in our lifetime. For years, the topic of mental health was considered to be taboo. Not many people spoke about it openly and it led to a stigma get attached to an otherwise normal thing.

However, now the times have changed and people are getting more vocal about mental health-related discussions. These people share their experiences and how they coped up with them. Not only this, but they also urge people to seek professional help when needed.

Several types of research have been going on to facilitate a deeper insight into how people cope with these challenges. In one such study recently published by Finnish researchers, they have revealed how a person dealing with any mental health issue process visual information differently.

During their study, the researchers have tested the visual perception of people with and without any sort of mental health-related ailment. For their research, they made use of small squares of the same colour imposed on different backgrounds to understand the core of the process.

The objective of the research was to analyse how people dealing with mental health issues process visual information. The motive of the research and study was to use it for further advancements in the treatment of the given patients.

As per the study, the visual illusion was used to analyse how the cerebral cortex which is responsible for receiving a message from the five senses processes the illusion.

The test was conducted on 111 people who were dealing with major mental health ailments and it also had 29 people who weren’t dealing with it. These participants were asked to complete two visual perception tests. These tests included a comparison of brightness and contrast patterns.

At last, the researchers concluded that people with mental health issues perceived the visual information in a significantly weaker way in comparison with those who didn’t have any issues.

The researchers say that the brains of people with mental health issues were more likely to be taken in by contrast part of the illusion, and the brightest part of the trick showed a very less difference between the groups.

Now, the sources suggest that the researchers have called for more studies on further altered processing of visual information by the brain caused by mental health ailments.

They have also mentioned that perception tests serve as an additional tool for understanding the effect of several therapies as the treatment progress.

by siddhi ajgoankar | Sat, Apr 10 - 04:24 PM

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