On Tue, 2 Jan 2001, Robert S. Thau wrote:
> Ummm... counterpoint: the Pokemon cartoon which did, in fact, cause a
> raft of epileptic seizures in Japan. ...
Over 600 cases in 1997, it seems. I think there were also other
cartoon-induced cases reported in the pre-Pokemon era (late 80s?), but am
not sure. According to the study, "The prevalence of this condition is
increasing, apparently as a result of increased use of TV and video
Anyway, I want to put in my two cents for the most-dramatic
pattern-induced effect... "The Andromeda Strain", where the
secretly-epileptic Dr. Leavitt goes into shock from the flashing red
light... which is warning her about an atomic bomb about to go off!
Book, 1969. Movie, 1971.
(see "Pokemon on the Brain", half-way down.)
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