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Your Brain 'Blinks' When Your Attention Shifts, Researchers Discover - Slashdot

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95653607 story Posted by EditorDavid on Sunday December 03, 2017 @10:11AM from the I'm-sorry,-what? dept. Science_afficionado quotes Vanderbilt University's Research News:When your attention shifts from one place to another, your brain blinks. The blinks are momentary unconscious gaps in visual perception and came as a surprise to the team of Vanderbilt psychologists who discovered the phenomenon while studying the benefits of attention...The research was conducted with macaque monkeys that were trained to shift their attention among different objects on a display screen while the researchers monitored the pattern of neuron activity taking place in their brains... By combining advanced recording techniques that simultaneously track large numbers of neurons with sophisticated computational analyses, the researchers discovered that the activity of the neurons in the visual cortex were momentarily disrupted when the game required the animals to shift their attention. They...(continued)
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