Skip to comments.Rare brain condition leaves woman seeing everything upside
Posted on 03/15/2013 5:36:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Bojana Danilovic has what you might call a unique worldview. Due to a rare condition, she sees everything upside down, all the time.
The 28-year-old Serbian council employee uses an upside down monitor at work and relaxes at home in front of an upside down television stacked on top of the normal one that the rest of her family watches.
"It may look incredible to other people but to me it's completely normal," Danilovic told local newspaper Blic.
"I was born that way. It's just the way I see the world."
Experts from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been consulted after local doctors were flummoxed by the extremely unusual condition.
They say she is suffering from a neurological syndrome called "spatial orientation phenomenon," Blic reports.
(Excerpt) Read more at au.news.yahoo.com ...
Like the wiring was installed backwards....
She should be able to wear glasses that will invert the imgo for her. There were tests years ago where people wore inverting glasses and adapted to them is less than a week.
I hope she doesn’t drive.
Well, upside down my be a nice change from a$$ backwards.
She should go to the southern hemisphere. They call it “down under” for a reason, right? Everything is upside down there.
Sounds like the entire Democrat party.
those glasses that make you see upside down won’t work for her?
Everyone sees everything upside down always. Images of the world are projected on our retinas upside down as a result of the optics of our eyes; we adapt to this and never notice it.
Many experiments have been done with “inverting glasses;” the earliest were done more than one hundred years ago.
When people wear the inverting glasses for long periods of time, they adapt. They no longer notice the inversion. When the glasses are removed, they see the world upside down once again, until they once again adapt.
What this person has is something else. Since only she can experience it - and since it can’t be measured or verified outside her own mental landscape - I’m a bit skeptical.
After all, there are lots of people who claim to have been born into a body of the wrong sex. No one can verify that, no one can prove it or disprove it... we have only their word for it.
Maybe she needs a Brit/Aus/Japanese spec vehicle to drive in Europe?
I saw a show recently about a women that was born severely cross eyed and did not have corrective surgery until well into her forties. She spent her entire life seeing only through one eye and because of this her brain had never been trained to have depth perception.
Well she started a set of eye exercises to retrain her brain and after about six months she had succeeded to discern depth.
So, in about a week she would be seeing upside down again. ;-)
I dunno, are you familiar with the medical term ‘chameleon’? One famous case was a woman who was going to doante a kidney to her son, only to discover that apparently she was not a DNA match. Turns out she had ‘absorbed’ a sibling very early in gestation and had the DNA of herself and her sibling throughout her body ... a sister lung, her own liver, etc.
She should try scuba diving.
When I was in high school, we saw a film in a physics class where a guy put on these special glasses that inverted everything, after about two days even though he was still wearing the glasses the images were re-inverted to what he had normally saw.
As interesting as this is (the woman), how did she know she was seeing things differently, what she saw would appear to be normal, because she didn’t know any different.
Catch that ... the term is chimera, not chameleon. ... Must stop trying to do three things at the same time.
Why did the Siamese twins move to London ? The other one wanted to drive
we could hollow out you know who and make a wet suit
I am going to date myself but back in the 1960s there was a TV show called the Outer Limits. One of the episodes was a researcher work glasses that inverted what he could see.
After some drama, he discovered his brain fixed what he saw.
Our we sure this is not just some internet prank.
There was a person who after neurosurgery started asking questions like, “Where’s the purple smell coming from?” True story.
So you not very ambidextrous?
Our (estranged) step-daughter recently hired the lawyer who initially had the chimera patient as his client.
> She should try scuba diving.
She should try mountain climbing.
It's called synesthesia. It's not that uncommon. I have a mild form. I can on occasion "see" sounds. It's a neurological condition caused by the nerves in the brain getting their signals crossed.
My late wife could write mirror writing any time she wanted. She did not do it often but if asked she could do it as easily as normal
Why doesn’t she just stand on her head?
Thank you for sharing that.
One can train the mind to do such ‘tricks. Decades ago I learned I could play chess without the board in front of me ... after thousands of hours studying Stevens Blook Book of Winning Chess for the college chess team competitions. Got up to five simultaneously, but it is all just a learned/trained circus trick mental gymnastic, not a sign of extra intelligence. It is exhausting though ...
She’s be all right if she moved to Australia!
I am sure I have read that the human optical system actually sends the image to the brain upside down and the brain just automatically corrects it.
It sounds like her brain just doesn’t correct it.
> As interesting as this is (the woman), how did she know she was seeing things differently, what she saw would appear to be normal, because she didnt know any different.
Yes, she was born that way, and should be used to seeing things that way. I don’t understand why she’d have to do anything the opposite of other people. Even reading and writing, if we learned it upside down, should work fine.
Yeah. The image picked up by our retinas is upside down.
I think you meant “chimera”.
“Catch that ... the term is chimera, not chameleon. ... Must stop trying to do three things at the same time.”
Please ignore my previous post correcting you. I now see you already caught it.
I was quite literally doing 3 things at the same time!
She just gets drunk first, it works out fine.
I’m not understanding why she would need to make adaptations in her life (turning tv or monitor upside down). I would think that her brain has been compensationg for her condition and for her everything is normal.
I don’t think my wife learned to write mirror writing, I think she just one day realized she could do it and do it just as easily as writing normal to her.
I think it was just something she was born with. She was intelligent but not the way I think of it. She made nothing but straight “As” in college except a single B in a P. E. course. Her final GPA was 3.97 and they didn’t give extra credit. In other words you could not get anything higher than an A or 4.0. Some schools allow you to make better than perfect by doing some extra work.
As I said she was intelligent but I always beat her in ability tests. For instance, I scored 98.6 on the FEE, while she scored 89. Unfortunately I barely got out with my Bachelors Degree with a 2.2.
Agreed. The upside down monitor and TV doesn’t make sense.
The startling case of "chimera" that I recall was a woman who became involved in a child custody conflict and failed a DNA test, indicating that she was not the mother of her children. There had been people present at the birth, I think, who swore to her maternity. Nevertheless the government was prepared to take away her children.
Later more exhaustive testing revealed that the cells in her body had different DNA depending on location in the body. I don't recall any explanation other than absorption of a fraternal twin.
Ctrl + Alt plus Up or Down Arrows do that to your computer screen. Sounds like the docs grabbed her in the wrong places when she was coming out of the womb. LOL.
“There was a person who after neurosurgery started asking questions like, Wheres the purple smell coming from? True story.”
I’m not sure what a “purple smell” would be, but if you say “brown smell” people get the idea. :)
And the head surgeon replied: "Oh, that's just Prince in the operating theatre!"
How can they tell? If she’s been that way since birth, it’s completely normal to her and she’s completely adapted. If she drops a rock, it still moves from her hand to the ground, the way she sees it.
It’s as if my red is your green - maybe it is, but who can tell?
Grab that whip!!
There has to be a penis joke about this out there somewhere.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.