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In the present eye-tracking study, we analysed the visuo-spatial attentional patterns of participants looking at 3D images depicting single tools and object-tool pairs. The object-tool pairs could be thematically consistent, thematically inconsistent or spatially inconsistent. During the first 500 ms of visual exploration, tools were fixated longer on their functional area in all experimental conditions. However, extending the time-window of analysis to 1750 ms, the visual scene was encoded in a faster and more suited-for-action way in the thematically consistent condition (e.g., hammer-nail). Most important, the visual exploration of the thematically consistent pairs focused on the manipulation area of the tool (e.g., the handle of the hammer) more than on its functional area (e.g., the head of the hammer). Finally, when single tools were shown and the entire time-window of analysis was considered (1750 ms), fixation focused on the tool’s manipulation area. These results are discussed within the reasoning-based framework of tool use. They highlight the relative role of the visuo-perceptual context in affordance perception and suggest a novel interpretation of the cognitive mechanisms underlying the processing of tools and object-tool pairs in terms of action reappraisal (i.e., a re-functionalization process when the action possibility is mined by the visuo-perceptual context).

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Starting from today my blog will be accessible only through an encrypted SSL connection. The change is transparent for the users. Furthermore, I added an RSS feed for those who want to be automatically keep updated regarding my news. Read more...

If you are right handed, have a webcam or your laptop integrates one and you use Google Chrome as web browser, you can participate to an online experimental study. Read more...

Introducing Web Gazer: an eye tracking library that uses common webcams to infer the eye-gaze locations in real time. The article contains the slides presented during an university seminary related to Eye Tracking technologies. Read more...

Here I'll discuss about a theoretically interesting scientific provocation made by the russian scientist V. Y. Argonov regarding the possibility to conceptualize Consciousness as a function of eigen and superposition-states of electrons, without necessity of a Bose-Einstein condensate and without assuming the existence of a unified cluster of neurons like in others Quantum Mechanics theories of Consciousness. Read more...

A very short post to communicate an interesting online discussion forum about EEG, BCI (Brain-Computer interfaces), neurofeedback and neuroscience in general.
Made by The Autodidacts team, NeuroBB is a «place where you can ask and answer questions, discuss the field, and exchange ideas with a helpful community of fellow neuro-enthusiasts and researchers». Read more...

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