Behavior and Seeing (11-27-18)

A recent press release from VIB (a life sciences research institute in Flanders, Belgium) describes the findings of a study published in Nature Communications. That research indicates that what we “see” may vary based on the situation in which we encounter it.  Researchers lead by Vincent Bonin learned that “What we see is not only determined by what is really there, but also depends on whether we are paying attention, whether we are moving, excited or interested. . . . the processing of visual information in the brain is indeed modulated by our own behavior. . . . the researchers . . . found that some neurons were more strongly affected by movement than others [for example]. . . . ‘A consequence of these visual cell-type specific changes is that the overall sensitivity to fast-moving stimuli is enhanced. This may improve the processing of the fast-changing visual scene during exploration and navigation,’ says Bonin.”

“How Your Moving Brain Sees the World.”  2018. Press release, VIB, http://www.vib.be/en/news/Pages/How-your-moving-brain-sees-the-world.aspx