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The One (Really Easy) Persuasion Technique Everyone Should Know — PsyBlog

The One (Really Easy) Persuasion Technique Everyone Should Know — PsyBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It’s supported by 42 studies on 22,000 people and it’s the easiest, most practical persuasion technique available.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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Getting people to do what you want by giving them the illusion of choice. Ethical? Read on...

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 8, 2013 12:05 PM

you should read this, but you are free to ignore and read soemthing else.

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Circle of Abstract Ritual

This film took 300,000 photos, riots, wildfires, paintings in abandoned houses, two years and zero graphics to make. It changed my entire life. Digital downloads…
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Wow! 

A superb film in many different ways not associated with illusions BUT he does an number of anamorphic time-lapse shots which are stunning.

Gets a bit gross at about 6 minutes in but not in a mindless way.

Well worth a look if you have a spare 12 minutes.

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Floating Sphere Optical Illusion

Floating Sphere Optical Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Scrolling this image up and down, or moving your head simultaneously while observing the sphere produces an interesting optical illusion effect – a floating movement of the central object.

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I don't usually post a lot from Mighty Optical Illusions because that's all they do - post optical illusions. But this is a good one which becomes even more illusory if you move your head from side to side.

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How the brain leads us to believe we have sharp vision

How the brain leads us to believe we have sharp vision | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We assume that we can see the world around us in sharp detail. In fact, our eyes can only process a fraction of our surroundings precisely. In a series of experiments, psychologists have been investigating how the brain fools us into believing that we see in sharp detail.
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A review of an experiment trying to work out why the world appears so detailed even though we can only really see the detail of a small part of the world that is processed by our eyes.

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Brain Trickery – Seeing in Slow Motion | Brain Blogger

Brain Trickery – Seeing in Slow Motion | Brain Blogger | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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This article is about people losing their sense of motion perception. They are able to see things in slow motion. Rather than being a superior skill it may indicate damage to the visual cortex.

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21 Creative and bizarre cakes that are too good to eat

21 Creative and bizarre cakes that are too good to eat | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Cakes are for special occasions and to mark these special occasions some creative souls design cakes that are so beautiful that you will have an hard time cutt…
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Excellent series of cakes make to look like real objects. The one with the baby in it is a bit unnerving!

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76 Unbelievable Street And Wall Art Illusions

76 Unbelievable Street And Wall Art Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
This huge collection of wall art illusions will twist your brain into a pretzel. It's an inspiring kind of street art that will give you a creativity boost.
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A large collection of anamorphic artworks including lots of chalk art.

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joancporta's curator insight, October 6, 1:06 PM

¡Impressionants il·lusions òptiques en arquitectura contemporània!

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Lion fence

Lion fence | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
From a tw**t by Faces in Things via reader coel, here's one of the more remarkable examples of pareidolia I've seen.  MUCH better than Jesus in a tortilla! :  
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Lion on a fence!

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Guess a person's age from their voice - Embedded code - New Scientist

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A nice aural test for once. 

Very difficult.

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10 Most Brilliant Social Experiments — PsyBlog

10 Most Brilliant Social Experiments — PsyBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Ten of the most influential social psychology experiments.
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A decent summary with links to ideas such as the Halo Effect, Cognitive Dissonance, False Consensus Bias and the Bystander effect.

Key experiments include Zimbardo's prison experiment and Millgram's experiment on obedience are also covered.

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Anamorphic Illusions by Truly Design

Anamorphic Illusions by Truly Design | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Turin-based street art collective Truly Design have done it again. One of their new projects is a collaboration with the Polytechnic Federal School of Lausanne, as part of an “Art on Science” public exhibition, focused primarily on optical illusions. The works by Truly Design are intelligent pieces which quietly subvert the cliches of traditional optical...
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A couple of inspiring anamorphic illusions.

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The 'Angelina Effect' was not only immediate, but also long-lasting

The 'Angelina Effect' was not only immediate, but also long-lasting | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Referrals for genetic counselling and testing for breast cancer risk more than doubled across the UK after actress Angelina Jolie announced in May last year that she tested positive for a BRCA1 gene mutation and underwent a double mastectomy. The rise in referrals continued through to October long after ...
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The Angelina Effect - and it's not related to movies!

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A Roomful Of People Condemn 5 Innocent Men - YouTube

At the World Science Festival event "The Science of Justice: A Matter of Opinion," panelist and John Jay College of Criminal Justice psychologist Saul Kassin...
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A quick demo with a live audience demonstrates the lack of reliability with eye witness testimony.
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How to create a tilt shift effect in Photoshop | Creative Nerds

How to create a tilt shift effect in Photoshop | Creative Nerds | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A short video screen cast tutorial using Photoshop to create a very popular effect tilt shift. The tutorial uses photoshop mask tool, gradient tool and blur
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Looks easy but I haven't tried it yet. Create your own illusion.

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ARTS - Spanish street artist Pejac brings his magic to Istanbul

ARTS - Spanish street artist Pejac brings his magic to Istanbul | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It is definitely not an illusion: Spanish street artist Pejac painted three pieces on the walls of Üsküdar
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Lovely, minimalist illusions by Pejac. Only three, but very compelling.

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Out of Character: The Psychology of Good and Evil

Out of Character: The Psychology of Good and Evil | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
What Aristotle has to do with Tiger Woods and the story of the world.

The dichotomy of good and evil is as old as the story of the world,
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A Brain Picking's review of a book about good and evil and the difficulty of actually defining the boundary between the two.

Thanks for the hat tip, Tracey C.

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A Rotating Glass Sculpture Containing Four 'Hidden' Anamorphic Paintings

A Rotating Glass Sculpture Containing Four 'Hidden' Anamorphic Paintings | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Emulsifier is a curious glass sculpture designed by artist Thomas Medicus. The piece is built from 160 glass strips that are hand-painted on four sides with complimentary images. Only when the object is rotated and viewed from the right angle do the images appear. Watch the video abo
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This is clever. One sculpture but four different pieces of art.

It's an animated gif and a video so go to the website and have a look.

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Optical Illusions: Find the Hidden Animals in the Rainforest

Optical Illusions: Find the Hidden Animals in the Rainforest | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Anaïs Boileau is a French illustrator and art director based in Paris. Her WWF/Botanimal project published on these pages, a collaboration with Samuel Volk, is a testament to her vision and skill. All the creatures of the rainforest are seamlessly submerged into the trees and forest floor, which makes up this delicate ecosystem. These are...
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Look hard through these photos. The illusions are not obvious.

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The floating market of Covent Garden: Find out how artist created this stunning optical illusion which makes building appear to have broken free from its foundations 

The floating market of Covent Garden: Find out how artist created this stunning optical illusion which makes building appear to have broken free from its foundations  | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
To passers-by, it looks as though a section of the market building in London's Covent Garden has broken free from its foundations and is floating unaided, high above them.
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A lot of work went into this amazing illusion. Includes many photos and a background video.

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Use your illusion: how to trick yourself and others into eating less

Use your illusion: how to trick yourself and others into eating less | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Science has a simple and incredible trick that will help you lose weight. The idea, it seems, is to make portions appear bigger because this leads people to serve and eat less. While many such fat-fighting…
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Portion and plate size as illusions in the food we eat.

It also includes information on glass size and the sizes of cups in football stadia.

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BrainBashers : Optical Illusions

BrainBashers : Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Optical illusions and other visual oddities.
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From the website:

"When read from close-up the image reads 'Close', but as you move further away more text is revealed."

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Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists: Visual illusions and direct perception

Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists: Visual illusions and direct perception | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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I found the article hard to follow but the graph above was interesting. The Muller-Lyer illusion was presented to different groups of people and their reactions were different!

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Colour Blind Test

Colour Blind Test | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Please pay attention as there will be a test when you are done. The tricky thing about colour blindness is that many people don't know they are colour blind until they get tested (40% of colour blind pupils currently leaving…
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The significance of colour blindness. It's more complicated than you think.

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How to Distinguish Science From Pseudoscience

How to Distinguish Science From Pseudoscience | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Sometimes, it can be difficult to distinguish science from pseudoscience... Good science... Follows the evidence wherever it leads Embraces criticism Uses precise terminology with clear definitions Provides claims that are conservative and tentative Properly considers all evidence and arguments Uses rigorous and repeatable methods Engages with peers and community Follows careful and valid logic Changes…
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A good check list.

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The 10 most controversial psychology studies ever published

The 10 most controversial psychology studies ever published | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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I included this article under the heading of "The brain and illusions" because these studies have led to conclusions which are now being challenged.

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Don't underestimate your mind's eye: Objects don't need to be seen to impact decision-making

Don't underestimate your mind's eye: Objects don't need to be seen to impact decision-making | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Objects in our visual environment needn't be seen in order to impact decision making, according to new research. Take a look around, and what do you see? Much more than you think you do, thanks to your finely tuned mind's eye, which processes images without your even knowing.
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Not sure about this study but the picture above was interesting. When I first looked at, I couldn't see any pattern. When I read that it was two halves of a maple leaf, I instantly saw it!

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