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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.

The brain and illusions
What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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10 Amazing Illusions

This video was created in partnership with Now You See Me 2. In Theaters June 10! Download the triangle at https://goo.gl/X8cK09
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Another set of 'real life' illusions by Richard Wiseman.
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Silhouette Zoetrope

Finalist of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest 2016 Title: Silhouette Zoetrope Author: Christine Veras Institution: Nanyang Technological University
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A twist on the usual zeotrope.
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2015 Finalists | Best Illusion of the Year Contest

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A list of the 10 finalist in the Illusion of the Year competition.  All are in video form. You can vote for them if you want.
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Korean artist's makeup illusions will bend your mind

Korean artist's makeup illusions will bend your mind | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We can't look
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Korean artist Dain Yoon incredible make up artistry. This photo is not the highlight. Go to the website.
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A neurologist reveals the biggest myth about the brain

A neurologist reveals the biggest myth about the brain | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
How much of our brains are we using anyway?
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A quick debunk of the 10% myth by Dr Steven Novella.
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Why Your Brain Tricks You Into Thinking These Stationary Circles Are Moving

Why Your Brain Tricks You Into Thinking These Stationary Circles Are Moving | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
New brain-imaging research investigates the optical illusion.
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Haven't seen this in a while. Somebody trying to explain what happens in the brain when we see an illusion.
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Super-Cool Photographic Illusions Found On The Web

Super-Cool Photographic Illusions Found On The Web | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Super-Cool Photographic Illusions Found On The Web

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A variety of illusions, most of which we have seen before but some new ones.
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These Charming Optical Illusions Pop Off the Page | Monday Insta Illustrator | The Creators Project

Don't look down.
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Unfortunately, I can't show you a picture of what this very talented illustrator has done but it's worth having a look.
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3D Street Art: 14 Eye-Popping Optical Illusions Created In Chalk

3D Street Art: 14 Eye-Popping Optical Illusions Created In Chalk | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The world's foremost experts on 3D street art create imaginary worlds so realistic it takes a triple-take to grasp exactly what you're looking at.
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Fantastic street art collection.
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How to Create Physics-Defying Illusions with Water | The Creators Project

How to Create Physics-Defying Illusions with Water | The Creators Project | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Joey Shanks of PBS Digital Studios uses a bass tone and super-slow motion to make water do crazy things.
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The authors take you through the process of getting water to fall how you want it to fall mainly using sound waves.
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Meet the Animal Masters of Illusion

Meet the Animal Masters of Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Humans are not the only species to use visual trickery to their advantage
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Another great set of animal illusion examples. 

The post discusses the techniques of masquerade, crypsis and mimicry

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This Rabbit-Duck Optical Illusion Can Reveal How Quick Your Brain Is

This Rabbit-Duck Optical Illusion Can Reveal How Quick Your Brain Is | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
What do you see in this image: a duck or a rabbit? This optical illusion sketch was created about 100 years ago, but recently sparked huge reaction on internet after being shared on social media sites. The Duck-Rabbit image is believed to have first published in 1892 in a German magazine - Fliegende Blätter - with title "Which animals are most like each other?"
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The conclusions on this page are entirely spurious but I did like the way they classified illusions into four types.

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How Does The Colored Dot Optical Illusion Work? Here's How We Can Trick Our Brains Into Seeing Color Where There Isn't — VIDEO

How Does The Colored Dot Optical Illusion Work? Here's How We Can Trick Our Brains Into Seeing Color Where There Isn't — VIDEO | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Ah, optical illusions — who doesn't love to be freaked out by their own brain? I sure do; the human brain is a fascinating thing. There's a lot of incredibly cool science behind optical illusions, too, so in case you've ever been curious about how they work, there's plenty of information available
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Another explanation for Coloured Dot optical illusion.
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Artist creates incredible optical illusions using her own arm

Artist creates incredible optical illusions using her own arm | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Lisha uses her arms and a lick of paint to create the most amazing optical illusions, and has built up a following of 16,000 on Instagram.
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An artist who uses her hands and arms to sketch 3D figures and concepts.
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The walking ball : Amazing Animated Optical Illusions

When I saw brusspup's Animated optical illusions, I told me "whaou! I want to do something like this!" And I have maid this video for you : the walkin
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Yeah, Brasspup. Worth a look.
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Optical Illusions | ASU - Ask A Biologist

Optical Illusions | ASU - Ask A Biologist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
An optical illusion occurs when you the way you see something is different from what the object really is. Optical illusions occur when there is an error in how the brain interprets what the eyes are seeing. In general, there are 3 types of optical illusions.
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A simple introduction to the three main types of illusions.
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10+ Times Books Caused Serious Illusions

10+ Times Books Caused Serious Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It's interesting how when you place a magazine or book cover in front of a person correctly, they blend in perfectly looking like one whole figure and create an
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Love it. Using book covers to create illusions
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Artist makes most spectacular illusions out of her forearm (22 Photos)

Artist makes most spectacular illusions out of her forearm (22 Photos) | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Lisha Simpson
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Spectacular art work from Lisha Simpson. Stunning.
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The incredible Perspective Illusions of Erik Johansson

The incredible Perspective Illusions of Erik Johansson | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Journey into the mind of Swedish photographer Erik Johansson, who's vision of the world around him is truly unique
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Some very good examples of Erik Johansson's work. I think he does his best when he integrates the illusion with a scene from nature.
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Artist paints 3D optical illusions on palm of his hand and they're scarily good

Artist paints 3D optical illusions on palm of his hand and they're scarily good | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
French visual artist Jordan Molina, 22, aka TutoDraw is known for his 3D artwork – he can make wild animals, Disney princesses and superheroes literally jump off the page.
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Could only see one photo of this guy's work but it was a beauty!
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DYNAMO: Galaxy S7 Everyday Illusions

Join DYNAMO as he unveils his latest illusions. The incredible magician has created a series of Everyday Illusions, all captured on the brand new SAMSUN
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Useful video on how to create perspective illusions using a smart phone. It does promote one smart phone in particular but it is still useful to show to students and others interested in creating illusions with their phones.
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Can You See a Hole in Your Hand?

Can You See a Hole in Your Hand? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
An InSIGHTful Science Project from Science Buddies
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Finally, an activity that can be done in the home!
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Quirky New Chalk Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor by David Zinn

Quirky New Chalk Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor by David Zinn | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Michigan illustrator David Zinn (previously) has brightened the streets of Ann Arbor with his off-the-wall (or technically on-the-wall) chalk drawings since 1987. The artist works with chalk or charcoal to create site-specific artworks that usually incorporate surrounding features like cracks, s
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Always a big fan of chalk art in 3D.

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The freakish optical illusion that shows how your brain sees faces

The freakish optical illusion that shows how your brain sees faces | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A 35-year-old optical illusion is still astounding people. And it all revolves around a rotated picture of Margaret Thatcher.

But, as with many optical illusions, the strange effect shows a lot about the way that the brain processes images.
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I didn't realise that this was first called the Margaret Thatcher illusion. How entirely appropriate!

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You can train your body into thinking it’s had medicine

You can train your body into thinking it’s had medicine | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Science of life
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Silly picture is irrelevant but the article is intriguing. It is a series of stories about using the placebo effect to increase immuno-suppression instead of taking huge amounts of toxic drugs. It's a bit of a slog to read through but interesting just the same.

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