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Neuroscientist Bruce Bridgeman says he was cured of stereo blindness after watching Scorsese’s 3D “Hugo,” and it could work for others.

On February 16 2012, Bruce Bridgeman went to the movies to watch Martin Scorsese’s 3D family adventure. He paid the regular surcharge fee for a pair of glasses, not knowing that they would change his life forever. Bridgeman, a 67-year-old neuroscientist at the University of California in Santa Cruz, grew up almost fully stereo blind, without perception of depth.

“When we’d go out and people would look up and start discussing some bird in the tree, I would still be looking for the bird when they were finished,” he says. “For everybody else, the bird jumped out. But to me, it was just part of the background.” As soon as he began to watch the film, he noticed the characters moved around on the screen differently than he had ever seen.  “It was just literally like a whole new dimension of sight. Exciting,” said Bridgeman.

The instant Bridgeman left the theater, his world was completely different. For the first time in his life, Bridgeman could see with depth. He instantly noticed the depth of lamp post and trees compared to other objects. Cars and people seems more alive than he had ever seen. All objects were more vivid than ever.  Amazingly, he has seen the world in 3D ever since that day! “Riding to work on my bike, I look into a forest beside the road and see a riot of depth, every tree standing out from all the others,” he says.

The most amazing part of this story is that Bruce Bridgeman does not need to wear the glasses to see with depth. He only needed his one experience at the movie theater with the 3D glasses.  It was as if a part of his brain had awakened through the 3D glasses.

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