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Focusing Attention Cancels Brain-Dampening Effects Of Visual Clutter

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October 5, 1998
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NIH-National Institute Of Mental Health
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We simply can't become conscious of and remember everything that we see. Multiple representations of objects in our visual field are constantly competing with each other for our brain's limited visual processing capacity. What's more, they mutually cancel each other out; visual clutter actually suppresses the brain's responsiveness. So what's a brain to do?

We simply can't become conscious of and remember everything that we see. Multiple representations of objects in our visual field are constantly competing with each other for our brain's limited visual processing capacity. What's more, they mutually cancel each other out; visual clutter actually suppresses the brain's responsiveness. So what's a brain to do?


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NIH-National Institute Of Mental Health. "Focusing Attention Cancels Brain-Dampening Effects Of Visual Clutter." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 5 October 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/10/981005073941.htm>.
NIH-National Institute Of Mental Health. (1998, October 5). Focusing Attention Cancels Brain-Dampening Effects Of Visual Clutter. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/10/981005073941.htm
NIH-National Institute Of Mental Health. "Focusing Attention Cancels Brain-Dampening Effects Of Visual Clutter." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/10/981005073941.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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