Neuroscience

Not seeing the trees for the forest

Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience have shown that it is possible that objects stand out less when they are surrounded by similar objects. This surround-suppression effect is caused by feedback from ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Does aging make our brains less efficient?

We are an aging population. Demographic projections predict the largest population growth will be in the oldest age group—one study predicted a doubling of people age 65 and over between 2012 and 2050. Understanding aging ...

Neuroscience

How our brains cope with the constancy of change

Change is the only constant, according to Heraclitus. It may also be the most important variable for how our minds understand the world, say a group of UConn cognitive scientists.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Art, science and the paradoxes of perception

Perception is utterly baffling. We can precisely describe the biological structure of eyes and brains. We can measure the electrochemical impulses and electrical fields generated by neurons. But reason fails us when we attempt ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Skeletal shapes key to rapid recognition of objects

In the blink of an eye, the human visual system can process an object, determining whether it's a cup or a sock within milliseconds, and with seemingly little effort. It's well-established that an object's shape is a critical ...

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