Consciousness Works Differently Than You Think, According To This New Theory

We may not be nearly as aware of the world around us as we’d like to think, according to a thought-provoking new theory in cognitive neuroscience.  Just like a movie appears continuous even though it’s made up of a series of separate images, our brains might use a two-stage model of visual processing to perceive the world in short blips, or “time slices.” The brain may then piece the individual frames together into an unbroken image of the world, the new “time slice theory” suggests. “We intuitively believe that we are directly aware of things at any moment in time,” Dr. Frank Scharnowski, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Zurich and one of the study’s authors, told The Huffington Post on Friday. “This is not the case.” In a paper published…


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