Category Archives: Perception

Negativity Bias: Why Negative Things Stand Out

Positive thinking can feel like a job to do, while negative thinking seems to happen more automatically. In fact, this is true at a very fundamental level of the brain, studies show. It is called the negativity biasContinue reading

Do You Have a Fixed or a Growth Mindset? Begin to Focus on Growth and Achieve Success

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All organisms have the potential to grow and develop, but people may have learned not to.

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Study: Smiling Makes You More Attractive

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A study by Golle, Mast & Lobmaier (2013) shows how emotional expressions of happiness influence the judgment of attractiveness. Continue reading

Psychology Shows How We Recognize Faces

Whenever we perceive another person, the first things we notice are very general features like gender and age, according to the feature theory of face perception.

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How We Perceive Depth (Monucular and Binocular Depth Cues)

The eye (i.e., the retina) receives sensory input in only two dimensions (length and width). It is therefore the brain’s task to make these cues into a three-dimensional perception. Continue reading

How The Brain Makes Sense of Sensory Stimuli: Bottom-Up and Top-Down Processing

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Perception is how the brain makes sense of sensory stimuli: perception is the organization, identification and interpretation of sensory stimuli.

To create our perceptions, the brain makes use of two processing systems, namely the bottom-up and the top-down processing system. Continue reading

Actor-Observer Bias: Why We Blame Other People Instead of Ourselves

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The actor-observer bias is the tendency that people view their own actions as caused by the situational context, while others’ actions are seen as caused by personality or stable dispositions. Continue reading