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When we talked about attention, we watched the video of people in white shirts throwing a ball and were asked to count the number of passes to distract from the person in a gorilla costume walking through the middle. The gorilla is very unexpected in this scenario, because people traditionally do not dress that way when playing basketball. According to this article, you might expect our attention to be drawn to the unexpected, or for us to look longer at the gorilla and lose track of the passes. Interestingly, having our attention focused on these passes overrides our ability to recognize the unusual. Is there a threshold for when these unexpected visual stimuli would pull our attention away from other things? How obvious or crazy do they need to be? In cases of crime/danger, could this ability to focus attention in the presence of something less common be considered a disadvantage?

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Can you please clarify a little more the difference between explicit and implicit visual imagery? I think I am more clear on explicit visual imagery but the implicit is a little confusing to me.

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given the relationship between art/sensory inputs and memory, have there been explorations in therapeutic practices that involve art for illnesses such as Alzheimer’s or dementia?

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Some people are better at recalling information from an associated stimuli compared to others. What are some of the factors that can effect the ability to create and recall associated information? Is it possible to strengthen our ability to recall information?

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I think that it was really interesting to read about the experiments in which they trained monkeys to associate arrows with directions and saw that neuronal activity matched this association. How do associations like these get affected by things like alcohol and sleep deprivation? I would guess that monkeys deprived of sleep would make more mistakes in connecting arrows with directions. Why would this be the case if no visual input is changing?

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