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reply to post by demus
So with sight, then its kind of like being asleep in a way, even though we are awake, when driving our brain is saying car going down the road, normal, normal normal... someone slams on the brakes in front of us... our brain screams abnormal and we react instantly.
It's why we cannot recall every single make and model of car we see going down the road on our way to work but notice when something happens such as an accident in front of us and can recall every detail as if its in slow motion.edit on 6-4-2014 by OpinionatedB because: (no reason given)
I get the reference the brain has to motion "paths". I would expect that. But I am about to click my mouse and there really is no perceptible delay.
Does this mean we only slam on our brakes when the 10 second "averaging" seems inclined towards an imminent accident?
I don't buy this study at all.
Like most science these days it looks at small phenomena in isolation then makes inferences on things outside of the study to infer broader implications that often don't exist.
reply to post by Aleister
I don't have a science link for you. We can train our body to be quicker than a half a second. Ballerinas or pianists come to mind. They train their reflexes to a high degree. But awareness of the moment is like you said a different matter. Less than a second is good for most people.
Less than half a second is really good. So yah, we live in the past.
...visual perception of things is influenced by what we saw up to 15 seconds ago....sacrificing some accuracy.... that cup of coffee, the face of your co-worker, your computer screen - may be a time-averaged composite of now and the past.
If this is true then how do people catch a ball? or play tennis? these things require split second timing and even a small delay will mess things up.