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‘Mind’s eye blink’ proves ‘paying attention’ is not just a figure of speech

Nov. 21, 2017—Vanderbilt psychologists have discovered that when you shift your attention from one place to another, your brain 'blinks'—or experiences momentary gaps in perception.

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Thickness of grey matter predicts ability to recognize faces and objects

Nov. 9, 2015—The thickness of the cortex in a region of the brain that specializes in facial recognition can predict an individual's ability to recognize faces and other objects.

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Interpreting ambiguous visual information is surprisingly low level brain function

Oct. 7, 2015—When faced with ambiguous visual information, it is the visual processing areas of the brain that choose between the competing impressions, not the higher levels of the brain as previously thought.

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Alex Maier receives Knights Templar Eye Foundation grant

Jun. 17, 2015—A $60,000 grant will support study of the brain’s involvement in strabismus, or crossed eyes, which can develop into amblyopia, or lazy eye, even when properly treated.

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Study gives new meaning to ‘let your fingers do the walking’

Dec. 4, 2013—A new study has found that skilled typists can’t identify the positions of many of the keys on the QWERTY keyboard and that novice typists don’t appear to learn key locations in the first place.

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Autism speeds motion perception

Jun. 7, 2013—Children with autism spectrum disorder are better at perceiving the motion of certain objects than are typically developing children their age.

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Auto experts recognize cars like most people recognize faces

Oct. 1, 2012—The most detailed brain mapping study to date has found that the area of the brain that recognizes faces is also used to identify objects of expertise.

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Psychologist wins Vision Sciences Society award

Jun. 21, 2012—Assistant Professor of Psychology Geoffrey Woodman has received the 2012 young investigator award from the Vision Sciences Society.

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Perfect timing for sensory processing

May. 11, 2012—Identification of brain regions involved in processing sights and sounds may offer insights into disorders like autism and dyslexia.

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