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How Our Brains Perceive Colors

The world is a colorful place. At least, that’s what our brains tell us after processing the light that has passed through our eyes. Scientific research has shown for quite some that the colors we see are not really features inherent to the physical world. Rather, we see these colors because of how our brains process light.

A new study co-authored by a University of Chicago neuroscientist identifies those neural networks, particularly the areas of the brain that encode the colors we actually see.
“We’ve been able to show where it happens in the visual pathway, which is relatively early,” said Prof. Steven Shevell, a leading scholar of color and brightness perception. “It’s like a road map that shows where to look for the neural circuits that cause the transition from the earliest neural representations of the physical world to our mental world.”

While they were able to show in their study that the colors we “see” are in fact just how our brains perceive and process visual information, Shevell and his colleagues were not able to show how these transitions happen.

More details about this study over at Neuroscience News.

(Image Credit: DavidRockDesign/ Pixabay)


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