News-Medical: New study tracks how the brain turns simple sensory inputs into meaningful categories

Here’s the neuroscience of a neglected banana (and a lot of other things in daily life): whenever you look at its color – green in the store, then yellow, and eventually brown on your countertop – your mind categorizes it as unripe, ripe, and then spoiled. A new study that tracked how the brain turns simple sensory inputs, such as “green,” into meaningful categories, such as “unripe,” shows that the information follows a progression through many regions of the cortex, and not exactly in the way many neuroscientists would predict. (July 11, 2018)

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