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Why We See What We Do

A probabilistic strategy based on past experience explains the remarkable difference between what we see and physical reality

R. Beau Lotto, Dale Purves, Surajit Nundy

Acknowledgments

We are grateful to Mark Williams for assistance with many of the figures and to the National Institutes of Health for support.

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