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Stories by Cheryl Murphy

Well, I'll BEE...Bees see UV

Well, I'll BEE...Bees see UV

When I was a kid my sister and I would go hiking on a wooded Adirondack trail behind my grandparents’ camp. The start of the trail was rugged and involved a rigorous uphill climb but the surprise waiting at the top was always a feast for the eyes.

July 23, 2013 — Cheryl Murphy
Go Go Gadget Eyes...and Brain

Go Go Gadget Eyes...and Brain

Enhancing your level of vision on demand sounds like something out of a comic book. Superman, if you recall, had the power to turn his x-ray vision on and off like a light switch.

January 7, 2013 — Cheryl Murphy
To Spot a Liar: An Offices of SciAm Mystery

To Spot a Liar: An Offices of SciAm Mystery

I daresay, do you really think you could spot a liar? Congratulations. You have been hired for your first detective gig. Report immediately to the downtown Manhattan office of Scientific American magazine.

August 16, 2012 — Cheryl Murphy
When Seeing Isn't Believing: Charles Bonnet Syndrome

When Seeing Isn't Believing: Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Liliputs and little people, cartoon characters dancing on your desk, a civil war soldier in your living room, a zebra walking down the street. Typically not what we’d expect to see with our own eyes.

August 9, 2012 — Cheryl Murphy
Visualize and Score... BIG!

Visualize and Score... BIG!

Jared At Bat. Photo: Erica Angiolillo I love optical illusions. They make me feel clever if I can figure them out and even when I have to peek at the answer, it’s still fun to find out how my brain was tricked.

May 25, 2012 — Cheryl Murphy
Music can change (the way we see) the world

Music can change (the way we see) the world

Pick Wisely When I was fourteen years old, I broke up with my first love. The colors of the world seemed to fade, my head hung low and I played the song “November Rain” by Guns N Roses all day long on my gigantic stereo.

March 1, 2012 — Cheryl Murphy
Hey, Did You Hear? ...Why We Don t Listen

Hey, Did You Hear? ...Why We Don t Listen

Why do we sometimes not register sounds and voices around us? A wife asks her husband for the third time, "did you take the garbage out yet?" He is so glued to the big game and he still hasn’t issued a response.

January 18, 2012 — Cheryl Murphy
It s Snow Wonder

It s Snow Wonder

Ok, I admit it. I love snow. There I said it. As a kid growing up in Central New York, we always had plenty of snow thanks to the lake effect off of the Great Lakes.

December 26, 2011 — Cheryl Murphy
Tom Turkey's Terrific Vision

Tom Turkey's Terrific Vision

Not since Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd has there ever been such a set of rivals as Tom Turkey and Hunter Bob. Hunter Bob just can’t seem to get a turkey today.

November 23, 2011 — Cheryl Murphy
Learning the Look of Love: That Sly "Come Hither" Stare

Learning the Look of Love: That Sly "Come Hither" Stare

Series IntroWhile it might not be witchcraft, the formula for ‘love at first sight’ remains a mystery. However, if you pop the following ingredients into a kettle: large pupils, long glances, and a lovely, attentive smile, you may not have concocted a bona fide love potion but your witch’s brew could contain some insight into the laws of attraction.Being an optometrist and all around eye aficionado, I have a deep interest in the connection between the eyes and love.

October 17, 2011 — Cheryl Murphy
Lost in the Details or just paying attention?

Lost in the Details or just paying attention?

We see with our brain, not with our eyes. That is, while our eyes help to capture images of the world around us, it is our visual system as a whole, the eyes and the brain that have the all important task of organizing and making sense of what we are seeing.

September 20, 2011 — Cheryl Murphy
Psssstt!!! Gossip and the Link to Your Vision

Psssstt!!! Gossip and the Link to Your Vision

Gossip can be juicy, but can it also be useful? The unwritten rules of society imply that gossip should be avoided and dismissed as an unnecessary distraction.

August 12, 2011 — Cheryl Murphy
Will Carrots Help You See Better? No, but Chocolate Might

Will Carrots Help You See Better? No, but Chocolate Might

I can’t count the number of times I have been asked by patients if carrots really can improve their eyesight. I think some are looking for carrots to be a magical cure for their refractive error.

August 3, 2011 — Cheryl Murphy
Stories by Cheryl Murphy

Confronting Common Wisdom