We are better off without perfect perception

E. Brenner*, J. B J Smeets

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to JournalComment / Letter to the editorAcademic


Stoffregen & Bardy's target article is based on the assumption that our senses' ultimate purpose is to provide us with perfect information about the outside world. We argue that it is often more important that information be available quickly than that it be perfect. Consequently our nervous system processes different aspects of information about our surrounding as separately as possible. The separation is not between the senses, but between separate aspects of our surrounding. This results in inconsistencies between judgments: sometimes because different frames of reference are used. Such inconsistencies are fundamental to the way the information is picked up, however, and hence cannot be avoided with clearer instructions to the subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-216
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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