perception

Why It’s Important To Know That Sensing And Perceiving Are Plastic

Thanks to neu­ro­science research, we today know that we don‘t exclu­sive­ly absorb cul­ture through uni­ver­al­ly shared, stan­dard issue, human per­cep­tu­al equip­ment, but cul­ture deter­mines what we can and can‘t per­ceive. Our func­tion­al cog­ni­tive archi­tec­tures are changed by the cul­ture we live in. The impact of this so-called per­cep­tu­al learn­ing is big­ger than most of us imag­ine. Not only lit­er­a­cy and lan­guage, but also such fun­da­men­tal brain activ­i­ties, such as sight

Not the slope must change — you must!

Hav­ing enjoyed a few days of ski­ing in Italy, I was remind­ed of a pearl of wis­dom by a ski instruc­tor of my kids. After a down­hill run, when dis­cussing what to improve ski­ing, the instruc­tor told my son: “Not the slope must change — it can’t — you must!” This sim­ple state­ment by a ver­i­ta­ble expert in this field (as opposed to my son’s father) had deeply impressed my son. Each time we go ski­ing

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