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Penn and Rutgers Psychologists Increase Understanding of How the Brain Perceives Shades of Gray

November 10, 2011

people and society graphic Peoples' eyes, nerves and brains translate light into electrochemical signals and then into an experience of the world around them. A close look shows that even seemingly simple tasks, like keeping a stable perception of an object's color in different lighting conditions or distinguishing black and white objects, is, in fact, very challenging. University of Pennsylvania psychologists, by way of a novel experiment, have now provided new insight into how the brain tackles this problem. Full Story

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