The brain does not reliably perceive the frequency of tactile vibrations when the amplitude is varied. Instead, the brain creates an illusion that highlights how far our perceptions of our environment can deviate from physical reality.
The older an adult believes a Black child to be, the more likely they are to believe the child is exhibiting angry emotions, even when they are not. The same emotional perception shift does not occur when an adult sees an image of a white child.
When we lie down, our brains decrease reliance on information related to the external world and increase reliance on internal perceptions generated by the sense of touch.
Subtle differences in perception during teenage years predict the development of hallucinations, delusions, and psychosis later in life.
New research indicates the existence of an unconscious iconic memory store that supports predictions made by the global workspace theory of consciousness. It also shows that visual masking does not erase memory traces of masked stimuli but only limits conscious access.
Different areas of the inferior parietal lobe specialize in distinct cognitive functions, such as language processing and social cognition. However, these areas work together in conjunction with different brain areas in process-specific ways.
People consider moral decisions made by humanoid robots to be less ethically sound than when another human or traditional-looking robot makes the same decision.
While people with aphantasia lack visual imagery ability, they have intact spatial memory. Findings suggest mental imagery recall and spatial memory may be stored differently in the brain.
It may be harder to recognize familiar faces when they wear a surgical mask to protect against COVID-19, a new study reports. Researchers noted a 15% drop in the ability for people to recognize faces when they were masked.