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How mantis shrimp make sense of the world

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A new, NSF-supported study published in the Journal of Comparative Neurology provides insight into how the small brains of mantis shrimp —…
Mammals’ enhanced capacity to see emerges early in development

September 26, 2019

The way we see the world around us is the result of a marriage of two neural pathways…
Separate polarisation and brightness channels give crabs the edge over predators

August 23, 2019

Fiddler crabs see the polarisation of light and this gives them the edge when it comes to spotting…
New brain map could improve AI algorithms for machine vision

August 22, 2019

Despite years of research, the brain still contains broad areas of unchartered territory. A team of scientists, led…
Blinking eye-on-a-chip used for disease modeling and drug testing

August 12, 2019

People who spend eight or more hours a day staring at a computer screen may notice their eyes…
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Rosy health and sickly green: color associations play robust role in reading faces

July 9, 2019

Anyone who has ever sensed that a person is sick simply by looking at their face has experienced…
Children’s brains reorganize after epilepsy surgery to retain visual perception

June 5, 2019

Children can keep full visual perception — the ability to process and understand visual information — after brain…
Researchers identify how to find best and worse colours for camouflage

June 3, 2019

Avoiding detection can provide significant survival advantages for prey, predators, or the military. For the first time, scientists…
Credit: Nakayama and Motoyoshi 2019, originally published in The Journal of Neuroscience DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2494-18.2019
New results from optical illusion experts

May 21, 2019

Rhythmic waves of brain activity cause us to see or not see complex images that flash before our…
Deep sea fish can detect colour in the dark

May 14, 2019

A team of international researchers has found that deep-sea fish have developed surprisingly diverse vision that enables them…
Easy on the Eyes

May 9, 2019

Computer program reveals what neurons in the visual cortex prefer to look at. Why do our eyes tend…
Why visual stimulation may work against Alzheimer’s

May 8, 2019

Several years ago, MIT neuroscientists showed that they could dramatically reduce the amyloid plaques seen in mice with…
Our brains reveal our choices before we’re even aware of them

March 6, 2019

We like to think that we are in the driver’s seat when it comes to the choice and…
Do deep neural networks ‘see’ like you and I do?

February 11, 2019

Computer components designed to recognize images behave surprisingly like neurons in the brain, researchers at the University of…
True colours: a test to determine how animals see colour

January 29, 2019

Trained fish at The University of Queensland are helping researchers understand animal vision and factors behind the huge…
Microscopic eye movements affect how we see contrast

January 28, 2019

It is often difficult for a driver to see a person walking on the side of the road…
Researchers design technology that sees nerve cells fire

December 14, 2018

Researchers at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, have created a noninvasive technology that detects when nerve cells fire…
Enhancing our vision of the past

December 11, 2018

An international group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Bristol have advanced our understanding of…
Case Study: Child’s Lobectomy Reveals Brain’s Ability To Reorganize Its Visual System

August 9, 2018

A new study led by Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists provides the first evidence of how the human brain…
Visual perceptual skills are updated by process similar to memory reconsolidation, study finds

July 11, 2018

A new study shows that updating visual perceptual skills — which humans rely on to recognize what they see, including…
Extreme mobility of mantis shrimp eyes

May 4, 2018

Mantis shrimp vision is extraordinary, both in terms of their colour vision and their ability to see the…
Retraining the brain’s vision center to take action

March 5, 2018

Neuroscientists have demonstrated the astounding flexibility of the brain by training neurons that normally process input from the…
Biologists peek into the past to see the future through tiny spider eyes

January 24, 2018

With the increasing accessibility of DNA sequencing, University of Cincinnati biologists are unraveling many evolutionary mysteries behind the…
Why our eyes are moving all the time and yet the image we’re seeing isn’t shaking?

December 8, 2017

Seeing around a corner may sound like some sort of fictional superpower. Seeing something that your eyes cannot…
The Mind ‘Blinks’ when shifting Attention, leading to Gaps in Perceptual Awareness

November 28, 2017

Researchers from the Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, have found that whenever people shift their attention from one…
Experiments revealed honeybees also get tricked by a classic optical illusion

November 26, 2017

Whether you see them in newspaper or someone shares it with you on the internet, optical illusions are…
Dragonflies are extremely good hunters, because they predict movements of their pray

July 28, 2017

Some animals seem to be out of this world when it comes to reflexes and hunting skills. For…
The more active the fly, the faster its brain works

April 3, 2017

In order to react to changes in the environment in good time, the brain must analyze the signals…
Some brains are blind to moving objects

September 29, 2016

As many as half of people are blind to motion in some part of their field of vision,…
Animal-eye view of the world revealed with new visual software

August 7, 2015

New camera technology that reveals the world through the eyes of animals has been developed by University of…
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