• Question: How long does it take for your brain to process information?

    Asked by Rasheeda1124 to Andy, James, Mary, Wil on 15 Mar 2017.
    • Photo: Mary Spiller

      Mary Spiller answered on 15 Mar 2017:


      our brains can process some types of information really really quickly (milliseconds) and even before we’re consciously aware of it

      Some information that’s more complicated will take longer

      And if we’re tired it can take a really long time…

    • Photo: James Gudgeon

      James Gudgeon answered on 15 Mar 2017:


      A good chunk of information that we receive from the outside world we don’t even consciously process. Our brain filters (or airbrushes) it out. So a lot of the world is processed super quickly and your attention isn’t directed at it. Some of this information comes together to create a ‘picture’ of something before we can consciously and deliberately do it. For example – you can form an impression of someone (that is pretty accurate) after only about 17 seconds!

    • Photo: Andrew Jones

      Andrew Jones answered on 15 Mar 2017:


      depends on the level of information, it is usually super-quick, within milliseconds

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