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Visual 'gist' helps us figure out where a crowd is looking

August 18, 2014

image of a crowd of people sitting in a stadium Have you ever seen a crowd of people looking off into the distance, perhaps toward a passing biker or up to the top of a building? You probably looked there, too, instantly, even without paying attention to the individuals in the group. Researchers have discovered that we rely on a specialized visual process known as "ensemble coding" to perceive where a crowd is looking. Full Story

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