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Understanding how the brain learns, functions and stays healthy.
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Your Brain on a Magic Trick-The Science of Illusion

Your Brain on a Magic Trick-The Science of Illusion | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Reality and our perception of it are incommensurate to a far greater degree than is commonly believed. "PINCH a coin at its edge between the thumb and first fingers of your right hand and begin to place it in your left palm, without letting go. Begin to close the fingers of the left hand. The instant the coin is out of sight, extend the last three digits of your right hand and secretly retract the coin. Make a fist with your left — as if holding the coin — as your right hand palms the coin and drops to the side.

You’ve just performed what magicians call a retention vanish: a false transfer that exploits a lag in the brain’s perception of motion, called persistence of vision. When done right, the spectator will actually see the coin in the left palm for a split second after the hands separate."

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Brain Games-The Role of Perception (Video)

Examine perception and how experience and context affect how the brain perceives information. (Video)

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Charlie Rose: The Brain Series (Videos)

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The Charlie Rose Brain Series (videos) explores one of sciences final frontiers, the study of the human brain. Charlie interviews the most knowledgeable scientists and researchers in hopes of illuminating a new topic of study. Each monthly episode examine different subjects of the brain, including perception, social interaction, aging and creativity. Dr. Eric Kandel joins Charlie. He is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist and professor at Columbia University. He’s also affiliated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Episodes:

Episode 1 - The Great Mysteries of the Human Brain

Episode 2 - The Perceiving Brain

Episode 3 - The Acting Brain

Episode 4 - The Social Brain

Episode 5 - The Developing Brain

Episode 6 - The Aging Brain

Episode 7 - The Emotional and Vulnerable Brain

Episode 8 - The Anxious Brain

Episode 9 - The Mentally Ill Brain

Episode 10 - The Disordered Brain

Episode 11 - The Deciding Brain

Episode 12 - The Creative Brain

Episode 13 - Highlights from the Series

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Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 5:31 AM
I will certainly be looking at these.