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Even in the dark, brain ‘sees’ its own body’s movement

As Halloween approaches, the thought of walking through a dark room, hands outstretched to find your way, might take on a more sinister feel...

Reward linked to image is enough to activate brain’s visual cortex

Our visual perception is not determined solely by retinal activity. Other factors also influence the processing of visual signals in the brain. "Selective attention is...

Even unconsciously, sound helps us see

"Imagine you are playing ping-pong with a friend. Your friend makes a serve. Information about where and when the ball hit the table is provided by both vision and hearing. Scientists have believed that each of the senses produces an estimate relevant ...

Brief diversions vastly improve focus, researchers find

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A new study in the journal Cognition overturns a decades-old theory about the nature of attention and demonstrates that even brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one's ability to focus on that task for prolo...

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