Neuroscience

From fluffy to valuable: How the brain recognises objects

To recognize a chair or a dog, our brain separates objects into their individual properties and then puts them back together. Until recently, it has remained unclear what these properties are. Scientists at the Max Planck ...

Neuroscience

Traveling brain waves help detect hard-to-see objects

Imagine that you're late for work and desperately searching for your car keys. You've looked all over the house but cannot seem to find them anywhere. All of a sudden you realize your keys have been sitting right in front ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

What we can't see can help us find things

Anyone who's ever tried to find something in a hurry knows how helpful it is to think about the lost item's color, size and shape. But surprisingly, traits of an object that you can't see also come into play during a search, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

How mistakes help us recognise things

When looking at the same object twice in quick succession, the second glance always reflects a slightly falsified image of the object. Guided by various object characteristics such as motion direction, colour and spatial ...

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