Visual Perception

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Augmented-Reality Technology Could Help Treat ‘Lazy Eye’

Wearable augmented-reality technology may help reduce interocular imbalance as people go about everyday activities… More

  • A change in hairstyle, lighting, or even facial expression may alter a person’s appearance so drastically that they look like someone else. Scientists are now developing face-recognition measures that account for these variations... More

    A Change of Face: New Approaches to Measuring Face Recognition and Identification

    A change in hairstyle, lighting, or even facial expression may alter a person’s appearance so drastically that they look like someone else. Scientists are now developing face-recognition measures that account for these variations... More

  • One way players might be able to improve their chances at making key shots is by tricking themselves into thinking the goal, the basket, or the target is bigger than it really is... More

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    Get Me Out of this Slump! Visual Illusions Improve Sports Performance

    One way players might be able to improve their chances at making key shots is by tricking themselves into thinking the goal, the basket, or the target is bigger than it really is... More

  • A surprisingly high proportion of people may have a form of motion blindness in which sensory information about moving objects is not properly interpreted by the brain. ... More

    Some Brains Have a Motion Blind Spot

    A surprisingly high proportion of people may have a form of motion blindness in which sensory information about moving objects is not properly interpreted by the brain. ... More

  • Using your hands to perform tasks in specific ways can change the way you see things near your hands, findings from two experiments show... More

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    Visual Biases Near the Hands Help Us Perform Specific Actions

    Using your hands to perform tasks in specific ways can change the way you see things near your hands, findings from two experiments show... More

  • Brain research shows why people may be biased to see faces, even when only the slightest hint of facial features exists... More

    A Closer Look at the Face in Your Toast

    Brain research shows why people may be biased to see faces, even when only the slightest hint of facial features exists... More

  • Visual acuity is thought to be dictated by the shape and condition of the eye but new findings suggest it may also be influenced by perceptual processes in the brain... More

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    Visual Illusion Could Help You Read Smaller Font

    Visual acuity is thought to be dictated by the shape and condition of the eye but new findings suggest it may also be influenced by perceptual processes in the brain... More

  • Video played at different speeds can quickly alter what people perceive as normal speed, which may affect how we drive, play sports, and even make decisions as jury members... More

    Too Fast, Too Slow: Judging–And Misjudging–Speeds

    Video played at different speeds can quickly alter what people perceive as normal speed, which may affect how we drive, play sports, and even make decisions as jury members... More

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