Senior moments caused when our brains lose 'clutter control' as we age

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Most of us have had a so-called'senior moment' - forgetting a person's name or where the word we're after is on the tip of our tongue. Now scientists have discovered what is responsible for the lapses in memory - our brains are too full of useless information. Older people struggle to remember important details because their brains can't resist the irrelevant'stuff' they soak up subconsciously. This lack of clutter control becomes increasingly apparent the older a person gets causing their brains to become more filled with information. As a result, people tend to be less confident in their memories - even when their recollections are correct.


'In Cold Blood' murders revisited in new documentary

FOX News

On November 15, 1959, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith entered the Holcomb, Kansas, home of Hebert Clutter, believing he kept as much as $10,000 in his safe. There was about $50 in the house. Consequently, the prominent farmer, his wife, and their two teenage children were all shot to death after being bound and gagged. The murders were chronicled in Truman Capote's nonfiction novel titled "In Cold Blood," which became a literary sensation. It led to a 1967 film, a CBS miniseries in 1996, followed by the critically acclaimed "Capote" film in 2005 and "Infamous" the following year.


Christmas Clutter: What to do with all the gifts

FOX News

The annual Christmas gift exchange is an equally joyous and stressful experience. On one hand, you finally get to give the gift (or two) you've been hiding for so long and receive a few presents in return. On the other hand, after it's all said and done, you're probably left with a pile of new items you don't know where to put or what to do with. The easiest way to avoid gifts that collect dust for months to come is to choose them wisely in the first place. If it's too late for this year, jot down these pointers to use for next year or upcoming birthdays.


Gmail redesign: Google overhauls G Suite with more AI, less clutter ZDNet

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This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature, explores ways companies are taking advantage of tech innovation to improve collaboration, productivity, and employee health and safety. Google is giving its G Suite a design overhaul with security, collaboration and artificial intelligence enhancements. These additions are designed to make G Suite more collaborative and address enterprise security needs. Everything you need to know about Gmail's new features (TechRepublic) How do you get the G Suite updates? Google said the new Gmail experience will roll out to businesses today for companies in the G Suite Early Adopter Program via the admin console.


Can Peripheral Representations Improve Clutter Metrics on Complex Scenes?

Neural Information Processing Systems

Previous studies have proposed image-based clutter measures that correlate with human search times and/or eye movements. However, most models do not take into account the fact that the effects of clutter interact with the foveated nature of the human visual system: visual clutter further from the fovea has an increasing detrimental influence on perception. Here, we introduce a new foveated clutter model to predict the detrimental effects in target search utilizing a forced fixation search task. We use Feature Congestion (Rosenholtz et al.) as our non foveated clutter model, and we stack a peripheral architecture on top of Feature Congestion for our foveated model. We introduce the Peripheral Integration Feature Congestion (PIFC) coefficient, as a fundamental ingredient of our model that modulates clutter as a nonlinear gain contingent on eccentricity. We show that Foveated Feature Congestion (FFC) clutter scores (r(44) 0.82 0.04, p 0.0001) correlate better with target detection (hit rate) than regular Feature Congestion (r(44) 0.19 0.13, p 0.0774) in forced fixation search; and we extend foveation to other clutter models showing stronger correlations in all cases. Thus, our model allows us to enrich clutter perception research by computing fixation specific clutter maps.