Visual Perception

Wide-Eyed Fear Expressions May Help Us – and Others – to Locate Threats

Wide-eyed expressions that typically signal fear may enlarge our visual field and mutually enhance others’ ability to locate threats, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The research, conducted by psychology graduate student Daniel Lee of the University of Toronto with More

Metaphors for Musical Pitch Vary, but the Basic Principles Are the Same

Most Americans think of musical pitches as being “high” or “low.” But this height metaphor isn’t universal — some cultures use “thin” and “thick” or “light” and “heavy” to describe musical pitches. New research published in Psychological Science suggests that the metaphors we use aren’t just linguistic flourishes — visual More

New Research From Psychological Science

Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science. Lip Movements Affect Infants’ Audiovisual Speech Perception H. Henny Yeung and Janet F. Werker Although research has suggested that audio-visual speech perception is linked to articulatory movements in adults, no studies have examined this link in infants. Infants performed an audiovisual matching More

Study Shows Limits on Brain’s Ability to Perceive Multifeatured Objects

New research sheds light on how the brain encodes objects with multiple features, a fundamental task for the perceptual system. The study, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that we have limited ability to perceive mixed color-shape associations among objects that exist in More

‘B’ is for orange: Synesthesia linked to alphabet magnets in small study

NBC: While Nathan Witthoft was earning his PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he met a woman with color-grapheme synesthesia, a neurological condition where people see letters and numbers in color. Most color-grapheme synesthetes perceive the alphabet in their own color scheme, with each letter possessing a different hue. When More