Are our minds playing tricks on us all the time? Click this link to watch an animated video that explains what perception and hallucination have in common.
Researchers have found that people wearing heavy backpacks perceive the hills they are climbing as steeper than people who aren’t wearing backpacks do. Read this article to find out more about how our perceptions can become distorted.
Check out this link to try out some cool interactive perception tests that demonstrate how our sense of time can be distorted.
Learn about research into how and why people from different linguistic backgrounds might remember the same event in different ways.
How do we know what is real? This article includes some striking visual illusions and explains how they serve as a good reminder that our perception of reality is not always accurate.
Emily Dickinson confined herself to her home for much of her lifetime. She also experienced a series of deaths of people who were important to her. The author of this piece suggests that Dickinson’s ways of dealing with solitude and grief make her particularly relevant in the era of coronavirus.
This article presents the findings of recent research that suggests the news can make us see the world in a negative light, which has a harmful impact on our mental and physical health.
The pandemic has forced us to view our everyday lives in a new light, including our access to an internet connection. With virtual learning becoming a necessity rather than a luxury, should internet access be a basic human right?
There’s an old saying that people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. A new book bolsters the idea that it’s not what you see but how you see it that matters most when it comes to happiness.
How does a flock of geese or a desert ant find its way without getting lost? Learn about the many strategies and adaptations animals use to help them navigate.
What you see on the news or in viral videos doesn’t always tell the whole story. Read about the reality behind recent scenes of protest.
Read about how the global coronavirus pandemic exacerbated existing prejudices around the world.
For most of human history, our view of the universe has been limited to only what the eye could see. But the ingenuity that spurred the Renaissance gave us the beginnings of a more distant view that revolutionized our understanding.
Emily Dickinson is often thought of as a solitary figure who never intended for her poetry to be published. Click this link to read about a 2018 dramatic comedy that challenges these notions.
Your eyes are able to perceive many wavelengths of light as colors. But not all light is visible to the human eye. Here’s a closer look at some of what you can’t see—infrared light.
Like anything you have with you all the time, you might take your eyes for granted. But how the eye translates the light falling onto an object into an image your brain can make sense of is pretty amazing. Here’s an overview.
“One sometimes finds what one is not looking for,” said Alexander Fleming, whose chance observation of a contaminated experiment led to the the world’s first antibiotic. This Smithsonian article discusses inventions and discoveries that centered on a flash of insight in a mind prepared to see what it wasn’t looking for.
Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that is capable of identifying objects using a combination of sight and touch. Read to find out more about this new technology.
An eleven-year-old sees an opportunity to inspire to acts of kindness following the recent El Paso shooting.
Cute aggression is the feeling of wanting to squeeze or pinch something we think is adorable.