Can our emotions shape our perceptions?

In the online Buddhism and Modern Psychology course I’m currently enrolled, they mentioned this research paper on how emotions can shape our perceptions: Perception. 2012;41(12):1535-9. Alligator or squirrel: musically induced fear reveals threat in ambiguous figures. Prinz J, Seidel A. Abstract. Extant evidence has shown that fear can influence what we see. Fear can exaggerate threatening visual…

Can neuroscience help us understand art?

Neuroaesthetics is a term that has been invented to refer to the project of studying art using the methods of neuroscience, and over the years has become a hot research field. It is not unusual for scientists and theorists of art to collaborate on papers that find their way into top scientific journals. But, how these two disciplines…

Audiovisual synergies can influence our perception

Imagine you’re in a life concert of one of your favourite bands and suddenly what you see doesn’t correspond to what your hear. They just started doing playback! Can you belive that? When the sound isn’t in time with what you’re seeing it might take a while before you notice. But once you do, it’s…

Orienting to sensory stimuli in real-world situations

When looking at sensory studies you can see that most of the lab-based experiments tend to study modality-specific stimuli (e.g., visual, auditory, tactile…). However, if one examines real-world situations from a phenomenological point of view it seems that the world is not divided into modalities like the audition, vision, touch, smell… but as a unit….

Can plants perceive?

Given the current COVID-19 situation, we’ve decided with our research group to meet twice a week (and not once as we used to) and have two different sessions: one in which someone of the group is presenting her/his research or a paper of interest for her/him (with some background/context included), and another in which we…

The relation between oscillatory activity and predictions in multisensory sequence processing

This week a colleague from my research group send us an interesting paper for us to read that is a little bit related to our research, which is the following: Dynamic Predictions: Oscillatory Mechanisms Underlying Multisensory Sequence Processing Peng Wang, Alexander Maye, Jonathan Daume, Gui Xue, Andreas K. Engel DOI: https://doi.org/10.1101/778969 In this study, Wang et al. used an audio-visual experimental design to investigate how…

Are brain oscillations related to visual consciousness?

Just the other day I crossed paths with this fantastic review of oscillatory correlates of conscious perception by Gallotto et al. (2017). You can have the information more in detail below about the paper: Front Psychol. 2017; 8: 1147. Published online 2017 Jul 7. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01147 Oscillatory Correlates of Visual Consciousness Stefano Gallotto, Alexander T. Sack,…

The impact of mass media on our brains

In a recent post I wrote about “What happens in our brain when we are talking to someone?” and I used a TED post and TED talk from Uri Hasson as reference. This time, I would like to re-use it and put under the spotlight not only the communication between our brains but also the…

The importance of phase in EEG-based Brain-Computer Interfaces

In the world that we live, we have to react to sensory inputs all the time: the hustle and bustle of the city (traffic lights, cars, bikes…), notifications popping up in our screen, concerts… Taking the traffic light as an example, has ever happened to you that when you are waiting to cross and the…

A taxonomy of attention

In 1890, William James famously declared in The Principles of Psychology that “Everyone knows what attention is”. Attention has become a catch-all term for how the brain processes its own information, and its effects can be measured through behaviors, electrophysiology, and brain imaging methods. However, attention is so ubiquitous and has such multiple forms that it is…