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Posts tagged perception

May 8, 2014

 

Close up of an albino snake

Snakes And Spiders

Learn about phobias to snakes and spiders on this edition of A Moment of Science.

August 1, 2013

 

A male tungara frog (Engystomops_pustulosus) emits its mating call.

For The Tungara Frog, Two Cues Are Better Than One

Mate selection is tricky business. Here's how one amphibian merges two senses to narrow down its options.

June 11, 2013

 

Rats, humans, and other vertebrates evolved from a common ancestor that already had a system of muscles for moving the eyes

Double Vision Normal For Rats

Rats have a strikingly different visual system than our own, one that is carefully attuned to their unique needs.

May 15, 2013

 

blue eye close up

Change Blindness And The Mysteries Of Vision

Vision may not involve creating an inner model of the world in the brain.

May 18, 2012

 

group of people at a holiday party

How You Envision Others Says A Lot About You In Real Life

Perhaps imagining someone else with the qualities you admire is one way to develop them in yourself.

October 11, 2011

 

christmas lights

The Psychology Of Christmas Lights

What kind of information does the brain need--and what processes does it go through--to convert a view of something into knowledge about that thing?

November 25, 2008

 

Thinking Child

What It’s Like To Be Three

Not much, if anything, prior to around age four. Yet perception and cognition appear to be in place and functioning. Why are those years lost to us?

November 14, 2008

 

Scraped-finger

Rub-a-Dub-Dub—but Why Do We Rub?

What is the next thing you do after you cry a little and flinch -- well rub the area where you got the ouch? Why do that?

October 16, 2008

 

Dryer lint in bucket

The Color of Lint

Your laundry is a mix of clothes of all different colors. Why, then, does the lint that collects in the lint tray always come out a bland gray?

January 13, 2005

 

What Came First, Language or Perception?

Have you ever wondered what came first? Language or perception? Find out on this Moment of Science.

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