13 September 2008

The eyes have it

The eyes have it, originally uploaded by dgray_xplane.

Actual bandwidth of the five senses, compared to the bandwidth we are consciously aware of. From The half-second delay: What follows?, a paper on learning, consciousness and perception.

Another quote from this interesting paper:
"Traditional models of affect posit that ... first we decide what we think, and then we decide how we feel about it. However, the evidence ... indicates that the real order of things is likely to be the reverse of this... what we feel about something tells us what we think."

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Pattrick savarna said...

cool blog..the information is great. Keep the things coming.

dave said...

Thank you Pattrick!

Stephen P said...

Very interesting! I wonder what the shift would be if surveyed over the past few centuries? A great read if you are interested in perception and how our cultural orientation has shifted from Aural/oral to visual, with many adverse effects (from communicationtopics.com):

Praxis said...

Fascinating article. I believe Chris Argyris' Ladder of Inference Model ties in nicely with the findings of this paper. He posits that there are several stages (albeit processed in microseconds) that act as reinforcers within the subconscious. Ultimately, our beliefs (ideologoes) further strengthen our interpretive experiences and filtering mechanisms. One of your responders referenced "a priori" knowledge. The Ladder of Inference is more concerned with "a posteriori" experiences. While our belief system starts out with empirical data, this quickly becomes subjective as we employ our filters to keep out data that does not converge with our personal ideologies.


Maranda Gibson said...

This article is incredibly interesting to me. I learned from a very young age that your senses are heightened when the avaliability of one is taken away, but to know there's a specific amount of informtion being taken in by each one is increidbly intriguing! The human body is indeed quite the machine.

Jessica Enders said...

Oh my gosh! I heard these statistics on a podcast some time ago and have been trying to track them down ever since. After many, *many* searches, on Google and elsewhere, I decided I should just give up.
Then today I have a moment to catch up on some of my feeds and I see this post. Thank you so much, you've made my day.

Anonymous said...

nice post. i agree to your post. we first think what we feel then we decide.