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..even a single instance of imagery can tilt how you see the world one way or another..
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A graphic depiction of the sequence of events in the experiment from top left to bottom right. First a person looks at a blank screen and imagines a green pattern. Next she puts on the red-green glasses and looks at a screen with two superimposed pat ...
Letting your imagination run away with you may actually influence how you see the world. New research from Vanderbilt University has found that mental imagery—what we see with the “mind’s eye”—directly impacts our visual perception.

“We found that imagery leads to a short-term memory trace that can bias future perception,” says Joel Pearson, research associate in the Vanderbilt Department of Psychology. and lead author of the study. “This is the first research to definitively show that imagining something changes vision both while you are imagining it and later on.”
“You might think you need to imagine something 10 times or 100 times before it has an impact,”
Our results show that even a single instance of imagery can tilt how you see the world one way or another, dramatically, if the conditions are right.”
“These findings are important because they suggest a potential mechanism by which top-down expectations or recollections of previous experiences might shape perception itself,”

 

 

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