Coyoty (coyoty) wrote,

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People see a tenth of a second into the future?

I think someone's probably misinterpreting something.  According to, researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, in a study published in the May/June issue of the journal Cognitive Science, say that our eyes are designed to see a tenth of a second into the future to compensate for the tenth of a second it takes for signals from the eye to reach the brain.  The way the news report is written, it implies that our eyes are precognitive, seeing actual events before they occur.  Without having read the study myself, I think a more plausible interpretation may be that the eye is predicting what it should be seeing based on the behavior of what it's seeing, like a driver anticipating a curve and starting his turn before reaching it, or a sniper aiming ahead of his target. 
Tags: eyes, future, precognition, prediction, science, see

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