Turns out that there is a practical use for Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” film adaptation after all.
Earning over a billion dollars at the worldwide box-office despite scathing reviews, it turns out the film has found life in another use – as part of a study of mental psychosis which is the ability of the brain to make a distinction between what is real and what is not.
Van Winkle’s reports that neuroscientists from Aalto University recently conducted a study using that ‘Alice’ to identify early stages of psychosis. The study used both a control group of people with no history of psychosis, and another group who had suffered one psychotic episode.
Both were screened the film and computer imagery was taken of every subject’s brain throughout as they watched to see how the precuneus area responded.
The result was a computer algorithm they developed which could examine these different brains and predict, with 80% accuracy, the subjects who would be prone to early stages of psychosis and could considerably assist in early diagnosis.
Burton’s ‘Alice’ was chosen as it’s an all audience film that includes surreal imagery that requires certain mental processes in the viewer to mentally process the reality and the fantastical aspects.
Burton is currently working on the sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass” which is due to open next year.
Source: Cinema Blend