Can our beliefs, motivations and emotions influence our visual perception? Are cognition and perception ultimately inseparable?
A lot of recent psychological research says “yes” to the question. For instance, it has been claimed that carrying a heavy backpack makes a hill look – not just feel – steeper. Other researchers say that feeling sad makes things seem darker – not just metaphorically, but literally.
However, according to a new paper by Yale psychologists Chaz Firestone & Br