The Brain ďSeesĒ Objects That You Donít Perceive
By Jeremy Dean | PsyBlog
A new study shows how much visual input the brain processes, but we never consciously see.
Every day, when you open your eyes in the morning, there is a huge flood of visual information from the external world into your mind.
Your brain edits this flood down to a trickle of things that are highly relevant: Where is the dressing-gown? Where is the curtain? Where is the door?
The rest of itĖthe state of the carpet, the shadows on the ceilingĖall gets ignored.
Or does it?
How much processing does the brain allocate to things youíre not consciously aware of? What does Ďití see that Ďyouí donít? (Obviously Ďyouí are Ďití, but letís not get into that!).
Fascinating new research, published in the journal Psychological Science, addresses this question.
Sanguinetti et al. (2013) had participants looking at the silhouettes of objects in the centre of a screen, while there were other shapes around the outside.
Itís like the everyday situation where you are concentrating on something, but there are all kinds of other objects and shapes in your peripheral vision.
By monitoring their brainwaves, the researchers were able to determine whether participants were processing these peripheral objects.
People donít usually take much notice of whatís going on in their peripheral vision because they are concentrating on what they are looking at.
The same was true in this study: participants were not consciously aware of the peripheral shapes.
And yet, the electrical activity they measured suggested that their brains were processing these peripheral shapes for meaning.
Read the full article at: spring.org.uk
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