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How the brain helps us remember what we’ve seen – MIT News

New MIT research explains how the brain helps us remember what we’ve seen, even as it shifts around in our visual system. The work was led by Scott Brincat and…

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Ask anyone, from an NFL quarterback scanning the field for open receivers to an air traffic controller monitoring the positions of planes to a parent watching her kids run around at the park: We depend on our brain to hold what we see in mind, even as we shift our gaze around and even temporarily look away. This capability of visual working memory feels effortless, but a new MIT study shows that the brain works hard to keep up. Whenever a key object shifts across our field of view either because…

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