During my first undergraduate year in Munich, I was completely baffled by the realisation that what we perceive is more than what meets the eyes. Or maybe not “more”, but “different”. This was news to me. Afterwards, I spent a lot of time trying to gain an understanding of experimental methods, as this seemed like the perfect way to investigate this. Plus, it is a lot of fun. What I found is that previous experiences have a profound impact on our perception, so I zoomed in on that. Turns out that the past affects the present because you store memories for exactly that purpose. You can see an example of the kind of work my lab does here: YouTube – “When Natural Behavior Engages Working Memory“.