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How the brain makes sense of a noisy world
Nicolas Davidenko Ph.D.
Relinquishing our compulsion to use round numbers, or how reheating your coffee for 42 seconds will set you free.
Can we detect someone staring at us from the corner of our eye? New research demonstrates the specificity of our peripheral face processing system.
What happens when we encounter a face without a mask for the first time? A mismatch between our expectations and reality may reveal our implicit assumptions about faces.
Psychologists have largely relied on button presses to collect responses from study participants. New research shows why "touch-and-swipe" gestures can provide a more powerful measure.
Does virtual reality warp your experience of time? New research reveals a unique "time compression" effect of VR.
Why do different people experience illusions differently? A new study investigates whether personality and thinking style predict switch rates in ambiguous, bistable illusions.
A newly discovered illusion you can recreate at the dinner table with simple a fork and knife.
To overcome feelings of motion sickness in virtual reality, a hot-air fan might help. New VR research shows how blowing wind in a user's face can increase the sense of self-motion.
Are your internal thoughts really private? Research shows how changes in your pupil size may reveal the contents of your thoughts.
A look at this year's winners of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.
To blink or not to blink: new research reveals the benefits of blinking for subsequent visual processing.
There are challenges and opportunities for conducting psychological research today.
Do you have a song stuck in your head right now? Research reveals the prevalence and dynamics of earworms, or involuntary musical imagery.
Can a simple mirror-box experiment give you the sensation of having a sixth finger?
Why do certain sounds like nails on a chalkboard feel so awful? Research in multisensory integration suggests it's more than just the sound waves themselves.
Have you ever had the experience of checking the time, only to forget what time it is just a few seconds later? This type of forgetting may be an example of "attribute amnesia."
A new study sheds light on how the brain categorizes ambiguous visual images as faces or hands.
Having trouble recognizing faces behind a mask? Psychological research explains why.
Is something missing from your Zoom chats? Virtual reality hopes to address the gaps in eye contact and body language that currently exist in teleconferencing technology.
What differentiates speech from song? Repetition is a key part of the answer.
Do good deeds lead to good consequences? Psychological research explains why we are motivated to believe so.
Are we living in the present or in the past? Research on multisensory processing suggests our visual present lags behind our auditory present.
Learning to draw? Drawing upside-down may not be as effective as once thought.
How the orientation of words and our bodies affects our ability to read
Wearing glasses designed to improve your central vision may actually impair your peripheral vision. Here's why.
The simple act of judging future memory may influence our actual memory for the information being judged, according to recent research.
What happens when we meet our future selves? The allure and perils of digital self-aging.
The role of ensemble perception in understanding group dynamics.
How you watch TV may reveal how your brain integrates visual and vestibular information.
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Nicolas Davidenko, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he teaches courses on perception, illusions, and face recognition.