<< Recent behavioral and computational research has suggested that our physical intuitions may be supported by a “physics engine” in the brain akin to the physical simulation engines built into video games. >>
AA << identified a set of cortical regions that are selectively engaged when people watch and predict the unfolding of physical events— a “physics engine” in the brain >>
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Shelly Fan. Like Video Games, Your Brain Has a Physics Engine That Simulates the World. Sep 04, 2016.