Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Illusion Found in Perception

"Although our eyes record the word as millions of pixels, 'the visual system is fantastic at giving us a world that looks like objects, not pixels,' says Northwestern University psychologist Steven L. Franconeri. It does this by grouping areas of the world with similar characteristics, such as color, shape, or motion," according to MedicalNewsToday. "The process is so seamless that we feel we're taking it all in simultaneously. But this, says a new study by Franconeri and his colleague Brian R. Levinthal, is 'an illusion.' Instead, they say, that for some types of grouping, the visual system is limited by its ability to perceive only one group at a time. The findings were just published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science." Read more.

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