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Study Sheds Light on Why Some Can't See Forest for the Trees

August 15, 1996|From Times staff and wire reports

A study on how the brain processes visual information may explain why some people literally cannot see the wood for the trees, British researchers report.

Neuropsychiatrist Ray Dolan of the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London has found that people can look either at the whole of a scene or picture, or at the details, but not both at once. This could explain different visual abilities among people, he said.

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