Chapter 2 In the Blink of an Eye: Vision, Attention, and Automaticity

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In the Blink of an Eye: Vision, Attention, and Automaticity

From Representations to Experiences

Think of a time when you were asked to close your eyes for a big surprise (no peeking!), and then opened your eyes for the big reveal. At the moment you opened your eyes, you were taking in all kinds of sensations: light and dark areas in your scene, colors, objects (cake and candles?), faces (family and friends), sounds, smells, emotions (joy?). It is a great example of how instantaneous, multidimensional, and complex an experience can be.

Despite the vast ocean of input streaming in from our senses, we have the gift of nearly instant perception of an enormous portion ...

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