Perception is the process by which the nature and meaning of sensory stimuli are recognized and interpreted. Perception can be influenced by attention and can occur subliminally, without conscious awareness.


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    Probabilistic mixture models have contributed significantly to advancements in visual working memory research in recent decades. In a new paper, Schurgin and colleagues revisit the basic assumptions of mixture models and suggest that we cannot understand memory without first considering perception.

    • Blaire Dube
    •  & Julie D. Golomb
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    Electrical stimulation of the human cortex, undertaken for brain surgery, triggers percepts and feelings. A new study documents an ordering principle to these effects: the farther removed from sensory input or motor output structures, the less likely it is that a region contributes to consciousness.

    • Christof Koch
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    How do we effectively process the information arriving to our senses to make adaptive decisions and behave appropriately, and which brain areas are responsible? A new study combines multimodal noninvasive neuroimaging in humans to reveal the anatomical locus of efficient sensory evidence accumulation.

    • Megan A. K. Peters
  • Comments and Opinion |

    A new open challenge tests whether algorithmic models can explain human brain activity in cognitive tasks and encourages interaction between researchers studying natural and artificial intelligence.

    • Radoslaw Martin Cichy
    • , Gemma Roig
    •  & Aude Oliva
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    Gerrit Maus began his independent career at Nanyang Technological University in October 2015. In this short interview, part of our series highlighting early-career researchers ( ), he tells us about his experience as an early-career researcher, the advice he would give to his younger self, and the amazing superpowers of our eyes.

  • Research Highlights |

    Neurons in the 'face patch' system in macaques code features of realistic faces along various continuous axes.

    • Natasha Bray