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February 8, 2016 AT 11:00 am

Perceptual Constancy in Babies and Adults

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Super interesting read from Scientific American discussing the change in perceptual constancy

Take a look at the red chips on the two Rubik cubes below. They are actually orange on the left and purple on the right, if you look at them in isolation. They only appear more or less equally red across the images because your brain is interpreting them as red chips lit by either yellow or blue light. This kind of misperception is an example of perceptual constancy, the mechanism that allows you to recognize an object as being the same in different environments, and under very diverse lighting conditions.

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