seeing is 85% memories

Posted: November 23rd, 2018 | No Comments »

this is cool, via ann friedman:

I can’t find a link to it, but years ago I read an article about brain function, and how vision and memory work together. When you look at something—particularly a face, but this can apply to anything, really—what registers in your brain is only partly informed by the visual details your eyes are taking in. Memory fills in most of the gaps. The percentage was astounding—what you think you’re seeing is actually something like 15% new info and 85% memories. Which means that a stranger looking at you sees something totally different than, say, your friend of 10 years, who sees a composite of the now-you and past-you. I think about this article every day. When I meet a new person, and when I look at someone I’ve loved for years.

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