A Goldsmiths scientist’s early research has shown that 3D movies sharpen the brain.

The New Cross uni’s associate lecturer, neuroscientist Patrick Fagan, has been working with Professor Brendan Walker of Thrill Laboratory on the widespread experiment.

The pair took the test to the RealD and Vue stand at London’s Comic Con for the Bank Holiday weekend and scanned the brains of cosplayers dressed up as the likes of The Joker, the boy from Up!, Minions and Stormtroopers.


The guests were asked to watch a segment of a 2D film then another segment of a 3D film to test their brain’s reactions, engagement and response to 3D.

Early results have shown that watching films in 3D sharpens the brain for a protracted period afterwards and the is has a short term ‘brain training’ effect.

Katy Phillips, Marketing Director at RealD said, “We were delighted to bring this experiment to Comic Con. At RealD, our priority is our customers and their enjoyment in the 3D experience.

"The initial results show that 3D engages and immerses the viewer but additionally as they are potentially improving the sharpness of their brain function at the same time, it is really uplifting.”