Imagine that you're on a hike in the woods when all of a sudden, you see that you're a few feet away from a snarling mountain lion. Your heart starts to pound, your hands start to sweat, and you can feel that familiar fight-or-flight reaction wash over you. Here's a seemingly foolish question: Which happened first? Was it your visual system processing the image of the threat, or your emotion center kicking into high gear? While it seems obvious that your visual system processed the mountain lion first — how else would your emotion center know? — that's not actually the case. As far as your brain is concerned, threats are far too important to trust them to your visual cortex.
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Written by Ashley Hamer February 13, 2019
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