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The visual brain as an interpreter; What, Where and When.


The brain is an interpreter. Visual information that arrives in the brain from our retina is initially mostly stimulus driven. That is, the initial processes along the pathway of visual information processing are close to automatic. However, at certain levels the processing can be affected by several factors. These factors (among others) can be prior knowledge, adaptation, instruction and attention. We are interested in which parts of the visual information processing structures are affected by these factors.


Professor Frans Verstraten.

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School of Psychology

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Once in a while you have that "Aha" experience. Parts of the visual scene do not make sense until the information suddenly organizes itself into something you understand or can interpret. Although there is no change in the available stimulus information, the brain changes its activity at that time (or even earlier). Initially the brain was concerned with processing the incoming visual information. Later it works on the representation. These sudden changes are an excellent tool to study how the brain makes sense of the world.

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