The World We "See" In Our Mind is Not the World Our Eyes and Brain Perceives

 The World We "See" In Our Mind is Not the World Our Eyes and Brain Perceives

The written content of the post was authored by best-selling author and neuroscience expert, Mark Robert Waldman. It is posted with his permission.


Take a look at the chart below. It's used by neuroscientists Fuster, Crick, and Koch to explain how visual consciousness works. 

How the Brain Percieves

The maps that our visual cortex create in the back of our head influence the actions we take before we are even conscious of what we are doing.

The neurons involved with visual representation of the world (shapes, contrasts, etc) are continually remapped by different areas of the brain until the information finally reaches our frontal lobes. The frontal lobes then creates its own unique version of a world far removed from the sensory processes of our brain. 

How the Brain Reshapes Perception

Here's another way to "look" at it. Our consciousness, in our frontal lobes (where the blue arrows point) is the last part of our brain to react/respond to the world. Yet, our thoughts can reshape everything we see and do by sending information (from our imaginary sense of the world) to the rest of the brain and body (red lines).

But at the end of the day, we just can't consciously see how the world is in actuality. 

Source:
Neuron. 2001 May;30(2):319-33. The prefrontal cortex--an update: time is of the essence. Fuster JM


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