I'm thinking about the mechanism by which an animal has built in preferences for some visual objects in the real world. The most well known example is the seagull chicks and pecking at a red dot or stripe:
I can think of other examples that expose preferences:
- Human male preference for nubile females
- Human baby preference for human face over a rock
- Human observers being able to predict election results based solely on photos of candidates
It seems that in each case there's some very rapid analysis of visual features taking place, and in case of newborn babies, there's not enough time to be "taught" to perceive something specific. This makes me ask:
Are there any structures (adaptations) within the human brain which are responsible for our built in instincts and preferences?