Marvin Gaye wailed in the 60s hit "Heard it through the Grapevine" that were supposed to believe just half of what we see.
Biomedical engineer Daniel Moran, Ph.D., and University of Pittsburgh researchers, have identified areas of the brain where reality and illusion are processed. For instance, the first time you don a new pair of bifocals, there is a difference in what you percieve visually and what your hand does when you reach for something. With time, though, the brain adjusts so that vision and action become one. The ventral premotor complex plays a major role in that process.
But a new collaborative study involving a biomedical engineer at Washington University in St. Louis and neurobiologists at the University of Pittsburgh shows that sometimes you cant believe anything that you see. More importantly, the researchers have identified areas of the brain where what were actually doing (reality) and what we think were doing (illusion, or perception) are processed.
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