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Wednesday, 21st May 2008

Tom Wallis will be presenting a talk on Wednesday from 12-1 in Room 317 titled "Moving objects can alter your consciousness". It will be an excellent talk and not to be missed! Abstract below.
Abstract:
Light hits the retina, where it is transduced from an electromagnetic into an electrochemical signal. Then a highly complicated and poorly understood process occurs, and we perceive the world around us in a seemingly consistent and stable way. I will discuss a situation in which the consistent and stable representation of the world appears to break down. Motion-induced blindness (MIB; Bonneh, Cooperman, & Sagi, 2001) occurs when stationary objects (dots) disappear intermittently from awareness when surrounded by motion signals (moving dots), despite remaining physically persistent on the retina. I will present data pertaining to some low-level visual determinants of MIB. This data suggests that MIB may be a striking example of a functional mechanism, motion deblurring, acting in a dysfunctional (but really cool) way when exposed to unnatural input.

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