Monday, February 14, 2011

How the Brain Compresses What the Eye Sees

Our brains, like computers, compress image “files.” “The images captured by light-sensitive cells in the retina are on the order of a megapixel. The brain does not have the transmission or memory capacity to deal with a lifetime of megapixel images,” notesMedicalNewsToday. “Instead, the brain must select out only the most vital information for understanding the visual world. In the online issue ofCurrent Biology, a Johns Hopkins team ...describes what appears to be the next step in understanding how the brain compresses visual information.”

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