Hungry people ‘have clearer picture of food-related words’

Yahoo! India:

Famished people tend to see food-related words more clearly than people who’ve just eaten, a new study has revealed.

The study finds that this change in vision happens at the earliest, perceptual stages, before higher parts of the brain have a chance to change the messages coming from the eyes.

Psychologists have known for decades that what’s going on inside our head affects our senses. For example, poorer children think coins are larger than they are, and hungry people think pictures of food are brighter.

Remi Radel of University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France, wanted to investigate how this happens-whether it’s right away, as the brain receives signals from the eyes, or a little later, as the brain’s higher-level thinking processes get involved.

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