Tim O’Donnell signs with Argon 18

first_imgArgon 18 is building a strong roster of elite triathletes to raise the profile of its E-114 bike. The Montreal based company has announced a new collaborative agreement with American triathlete Tim O’Donnell. The new ITU Long Course World Champion will be using Argon 18’s reputed E-114 for the next three seasons.This latest deal follows the signing up of Estonia’s Ain-Alar Juhanson, Australian Luke Bell and Canada’s Samantha McGlone, who recently re-signed with the company.The addition of Tim O’Donnell to the already strong group of athletes working with Argon 18 is particularly significant since his last season was nothing less than remarkable – with a total of 11 podium placings, including 5 victories and 3 course records.These results led the USA Triathlon (USAT) Athlete Advisory Council to make him the ‘Non-ITU’ Athlete of the Year. For 2010 O’Donnell will concentrate on Ironman 70.3 events, with a special focus on the World Championship in Clearwater at the end of the season.The signing of Tim O’Donnell with Argon 18 confirms the high level of interest the Canadian company has for the most prestigious events of the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 series.www.argon18bike.com Relatedlast_img read more

Experimental psychologists work their magic on the ‘shrunken finger illusion’

first_imgWhat happens when you rest a chopped ping pong ball on your finger and look at it from above? Experimental psychologists from KU Leuven, Belgium, have shown that our visual system fills in the bottom part of the ball, even though we know it’s missing. This makes our finger feel unusually short, as if to compensate for the ‘complete’ ball. The findings indicate that the completion is due to our visual system, not our imagination.Getting people to pick a particular card, diverting attention from sleight-of-hand moves, creating illusions: magic tricks reveal a lot about how our minds work. That is why the science of magic holds great attraction for psychologists studying our perception and beliefs.Experimental psychologist Vebjørn Ekroll from KU Leuven is one of them. In 2013, he used magic tricks to show that our eyes fill in the back of a round shape, even if it’s missing. This perceptual illusion underlies the classic ‘multiplying balls’ routine. Share on Facebook Share Email Pinterestcenter_img LinkedIn Share on Twitter Using semi-spherical shells, the magician makes his audience believe that he can make several little balls magically appear between his fingers. In reality, the audience sees shells but visually completes them into complete balls.In their latest study, Ekroll and his colleagues show that this illusion persists when observers are allowed to touch the inside of the shell with their fingertip. What is more, touching the shell produces a second illusion: observers report that their finger somehow feels shorter, as if to compensate for the illusory bottom volume of the ball.The ‘shrunken finger illusion’ provides strong evidence for a counterintuitive idea about how our brain works. “We already know that our mind completes what we don’t see”, Ekroll explains. “Our study shows that our visual system is behind the illusion, not our conscious mind. Rationally, we know that our finger is not actually shorter, but the illusion persists nonetheless.”Schematic, exaggerated representation of the ‘shrunken finger illusion.’ Our visual system tricks us into seeing a complete ball instead of a shell. As a result, our finger feels shorter than usual, as if to compensate for the illusory bottom volume of the ball.last_img read more

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