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Recently a number of studies have shown that under certain circumstances, very large changes can be made in a picture without observers noticing them.
 change consciousness change blindness vision short-term memory attention blindness
Despite the abundance of evidence that human perception is penetrated by beliefs and expectations, scientific research so far has entirely neglected the possible impact of religious background on attention. Here we show that Dutch Calvinists and atheists, brought up in the same country and culture and controlled for race, intelligence, sex, and age, differ with respect to the way they attend to and process the global and local features of...
 attention religion
Yawning sent cooler air to the brain, helping it to stay alert. ... The desire to yawn when others do so may also be a mechanism to help a group stay alert in the face of danger.

2007-07-04

 yawning brain attention
Perception is not about capturing a full picture of reality, but taking snapshots of the world and making the rest up. ... Information captured by the retina takes about 100 milliseconds to reach the brain. To compensate for this lag, the brain predicts what the world will look like in the near future and acts on this prediction rather than the real information at its disposal. This is useful in real-world situations such as driving a car...

2008-12-24

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This failure to notice what should be very apparent is something we unconsciously experience every day as our brains filter the barrage of visual information which we are flooded with. And apparently it has a name; it is called change blindness.

2010-06-11

 change blindness psychology perception brain neuroscience cognition artificial intelligence deception advertisement attention recognition
While scholars have made great strides in formulating theories and measuring public attention, “Most Important Problem” and media-based indicators are less than ideal measures. In order to address this shortcoming, this paper borrows from healthcare epidemiology to measure public attention based on internet search trends. In doing so, it reviews the innovative ways in which scientists have used search activity to track the spread of...

2010-07-05

 popular search engine attention trend statistics
Facebook users face a future of rolling around on the floor, dribbling incoherently as they demand approval from passers-by.

2011-08-01

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