It’s so commonplace we barely give it a second thought, but human brains seem hardwired to see human faces where there are none – in objects as varied as the moon, toys, plastic bottles, tree trunks and vacuum cleaners. Some have even seen an imagined Jesus in cheese on toast.
Until now scientists haven’t understood exactly what the brain is doing when it processes visual signals and interprets them as representations of the human face.
Neuroscientists at the University of Sydney now say how our brains identify and analyse real human faces is conducted by the same cognitive processes that identify illusory faces. [Read more…] about There’s a man in the moon: Why our brains see human faces everywhere
- 39Stem cell research has allowed medicine to go places that were once science fiction. Using stem cells, scientists have manufactured heart cells, brain cells and other cell types that they are now transplanting into patients as a form of cell therapy. Eventually, the field anticipates the same will be possible…