Watch Out for Subliminal Messages in Trial Graphics

by Ryan H. Flax

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A recent study by University of Arizona doctoral student, Jay Sanguinetti, found that people’s brains perceive objects and images in everyday life that we are not consciously aware of.  Even if you never actually know you see something, your brain can “see” it and process the related visual information. Here’s an example from the University’s study to the right:

When test subjects (that means human beings) were asked to look at abstract black silhouettes, their brains also perceived the real-world objects hidden in the negative space at the image border. Here, your brain perceives two seahorses, just as the test subjects’ brains did during the experiment, even though there are no seahorses in the graphic.

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