Have you seen Twilight: Breaking Dawn yet?
If you have, you are one of the millions that helped the movie bring in an impressive $179.3 million in its first full week in release.
But a few viewers got more than they bargained for- a trip to the Emergency Room!
It’s been reported that the graphic birth scene caused seizures in a number of movie goers.
For instance, CBS Sacramento reported that Brandon Gephart and girlfriend Kelly Bauman were watching the birth scene, when Kelly noticed Brandon “convulsing, snorting, [and] trying to breathe.”
Neurologist Dr. Michael G. Chez told CBS 13:
It’s like a light switch going off, because it hits your brain all at once…. the trouble with theaters, it’s dark, the lights flashing in there is more like a strobe light.”
1. Photosensitive epilepsy (PSE) is a form of epilepsy in which seizures are triggered by visual stimuli that form patterns in time or space, such as flashing lights, bold, regular patterns, or regular moving patterns.
2. It is a believed to be a genetically transmitted trait- meaning it tends to run in families.
3. It is more common in females than males (60:40), and in children and adolescents than adults.
4. Television has traditionally been the most common source of seizures in PSE, although it can happen in movies, theatrical events and even video games. On December 16, 1997, more than 12,000 Japanese children had various signs and symptoms of illness after watching an episode of a popular animated cartoon, Pokémon.
5. The key features of a stimulus that can provoke a seizure include:
7. Those who are extremely sensitive, can treated with anti-seizure medications, and careful avoidance of situations most likely to bring on these types of seizures.
Although I’ve heard warning about strobe lighting at live events, I’ve never seen warnings at the beginning of TV shows, movies, or video games with the potential to cause seizures. Do you think that warning labels should be added to these activities?