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

Imagination beats practice in boosting visual search performance

Practice may not make perfect, but visualization might. New research shows that people who imagined a visual target before having to pick it out of a group of distracting items were faster at finding the target than those ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Symmetry leads to lack of attention

New research has found humans are likely to underestimate the amount of detail in symmetrical compared to random patterns.

Neuroscience

Study shows where scene context happens in our brain

In a remote fishing community in Venezuela, a lone fisherman sits on a cliff overlooking the southern Caribbean Sea. This man –– the lookout –– is responsible for directing his comrades on the water, who are too close ...

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