Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

How racism can hijack perception

If you just watched a really scary movie, a noise from another room (that you would normally ignore) could set your heart racing, as you perceive it as an intruder set to kill you rather than just the cat playing.  The same principle can apply to police shootings — did they perceive a phone as a gun just because they were primed for danger?  The article below describes how this is quite likely.  Gives a whole different perspective of the police racism problem.

The brain-heart dialogue shows how racism hijacks perception

Manos Tsakiris |14 April, 2017 | aeon

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April 16, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, psychology | , , | Leave a comment

How Your Brain Decides Without You

” It must be true, I saw it with my own eyes! ” — well, maybe not. It may depend on what you perceive, which may depend on what you believe. Fascinating read; follow it up with  Fooled By Your Own Brain from the same issue.

How Your Brain Decides Without You

In a world full of ambiguity, we see what we want to see.

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May 17, 2015 Posted by | brain, decision making, neuroscience | , , , | Leave a comment

How Animals See the World

We take it for granted that what we see is reality.  But what we think we see is only an image that our mind conjures up based on partial light reflections.  It is eye-opening to compare how other creatures, with abilities to sense a different spectrum of light from ours, perceive the world. You have to go to the article site itself to see the wonderful photos.

How Animals See the World

See through the eyes of cats, birds, fish, and snakes.

By Elizabeth Preston | Photos by Dr. Klaus Schmitt | March 20, 2014 | Nautilus
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March 29, 2014 Posted by | brain | , , , | Leave a comment