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Neuroscience: why do we see faces in everyday objects?

Neuroscience: why do we see faces in everyday objects? | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it

 excellFrom Virgin Mary in a slice of toast to the appearance of a screaming face in a man’s testicles, David Robson explains why the brain constructs these illusions


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Gerald Carey's curator insight, August 3, 11:34 PM

An excellent article about the phenomenon of pareidolia.

There are a number of really good images which show it clearly and it reviews some experiments designed to see what happens in the brain when exposed to examples of this.

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Phantom Melodies Yield Real Clues to Brain’s Workings

Phantom Melodies Yield Real Clues to Brain’s Workings | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Studying the brain of a woman who hallucinates piano melodies may help researchers understand how the mind make sense of the world.

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Fascinating!

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, February 13, 5:50 PM

This is something I haven't heard off - music hallucinations. The music is quite vivid but heard in the head of the sufferer.  It can be damped down whilst listening to other music. This is the basis of this study.

Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, February 20, 10:46 PM

A fascinating article for sure!

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Why your children don't listen to you

Why your children don't listen to you | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it

It is an experience as familiar as it is frustrating to many parents and teachers - getting children to pay attention to simple instructions while they are engrossed in watching television, playing a game or reading a book.


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Gerald Carey's curator insight, May 29, 8:37 AM

Good summary of our understanding of inattention blindness.

Prof. Wiseman adds some explanation for why it occurs.