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Illustration: attaching plastic “whiskers” to the fingers of blindfolded volunteers and asking them to carry out a location task

Weizmann Institute scientists observe as humans learn to sense like a rat, with ”whiskers”

money on the brain illustration

Mildly stressful situations can affect our perceptions in the same way as life-threatening ones

(l-r) Drs. Hadas Lipid and Sagit Shushan, Prof. Noam Sobel, and Drs. Anton Plotkin and Elad Schneidman. Smelling good

The smell receptors in our nose are arranged according to the pleasantness scale.

Experimental apparatus for recording neural activity directly from the olfactory receptor neurons lining the olfactory epithelium in the nasal passages. Photo by Martin Kollar

The smell receptors in our noses are arranged in logical patterns according to pleasantness

Jennifer Resnik and Dr. Rony Paz. Differences in perception

A raised threshold for distinguishing similar stimuli may contribute to post-traumatic stress

 a lion. Survival in the face of adversity
A trick of the mind that once helped us survive in the jungle may now contribute to post-traumatic stress syndrome.
To See or Not to See

Weizmann Institute scientists find a burst of neural activity at the transition between not seeing and seeing, revealing a clear threshold that...

(l-r) Prof. Tamar Flash, Dr. Talma Hendler and Eran Dayan. Setting the speed limit
Does our brain use mathematics to perceive motion?
Dr. Barton Rubenstein with his wife, Shereen, and their children, Ari (1), Sabrina (5) and Ben (8). “Oasis”
A neuroscientist-turned-artist gives back to the Institute
It’s Only a Game of Chance
A leading theory of perception has been called into question by a study at the Weizmann Institute of Science...