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Posts tagged perception

February 2, 2017

 

Pollution, water vapor, and dust among other factors can effect how human eyes perceive sunsets and sunrises.

Sunrise, Sunset

Why does it seem like sunsets are longer than sunrises?

December 1, 2016

 

One theory is that the key to retaining childhood memories is narrative context.

What It’s Like To Be Three

As children younger than four, we could talk, think, and perceive. So why are those years so hard to remember?

March 21, 2016

 

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UFO Attack!

Turns out, a UFO attack reported in 1969 was actually a salvo of meteor fragments.

April 20, 2015

 

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Imagining and Seeing 

When you use your imagination, you activate the same regions of your visual cortex as those used to see the outer world.

May 8, 2014

 

Are you more afraid of spiders, or are you more afraid of snakes?

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 possessed 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

 

While it's tempting to think of our eyes as "windows" to the outside world, things are a lot more complicated than that.

Change Blindness And The Mysteries Of Vision

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

May 18, 2012

 

Do your coworkers have different personalities?

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

 

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?

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