In early 2016, swiss scientists at the technical institute of Lausanne put forth a new model for the way the human brain processes unconscious information into consciousness.


In this two-stage process, the brain first unconsciously processes features of objects such as color and shape at a speed so high that neither internal nor external time can be perceived during this process. According to the model, consciousness arises only in time intervals of up to 400 milliseconds, with gaps of unconsciousness in between.

Just as we take the 24 frames in a second to represent the in-finite time contained in that moment, so we dismiss the flickering of the eyelids, the fractions of time and information that we do not capture, and our repetitive lapses of unconsciousness.