UA Study: Your Brain Sees Things You Don’t

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Doctoral degree candidate from University of Arizona Jay Sanguinetti conducted a new study that was published in the Psychological Science journal.The study indicates that the brain processes and understands visual input that people don’t consciously perceive:

UA Study: Your Brain Sees Things You Don’t

The abstract for the research itself states:

“Traditional theories of perception posit that only objects access semantics; abutting, patently shapeless grounds do not. Surprisingly, this assumption has been untested until now. In two experiments, participants classified silhouettes as depicting meaningful real-world or meaningless novel objects while event-related potentials (ERPs) were recorded. The borders of half of the novel objects suggested portions of meaningful objects on the ground side. Participants were unaware of these meaningful objects because grounds are perceived as shapeless.”

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