A former Marie Curie Fellow, Rolfs Martin, has just demonstrated that our visual brain is capable of judging the causality of events rapidly and automatically without using its cognitive functionalities.
Martin Rolfs conducted most of his research during his Marie Curie Outgoing Fellowship at NYU (USA). He is currently a research group leader at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and the Department of Psychology of Berlin's Humboldt University. He has recently published a study in Current Biology.
In his study, Martin Rolfs demonstrates that some judgements are so rapid and effortless that we can make them using only our visual systems, with no thinking required.
More information @ http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130110121028.htm