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

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Warning: This could turn your world upside-down

Warning: This could turn your world upside-down | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Rarely is a clip so sick it actually makes you feel sick, but that’s Jason Paul’s Running Illusions.
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Show the work involved in making simple optical illusions using video and live action.

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How Do Optical Illusions Work? | Inside Science

How Do Optical Illusions Work? | Inside Science | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It's really just your brain taking a shortcut.
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I really like how this video introduces the topic of illusions by showing two parallel straight lines and then performing several illusions using the lines as a base.

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4 Touch Tricks That Feel Like Magic - YouTube

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Excellent series of videos on touch illusions. They include muting the sound of chalk on a chalk board; tying fingers together; putting hands in alternate hot/cold then warm water; and the finger numbing trick.

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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, August 2, 2:09 AM

Excellent series of videos on touch illusions. They include muting the sound of chalk on a chalk board; tying fingers together; putting hands in alternate hot/cold then warm water; and the finger numbing trick.

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How Auditory Illusions Trick Your Brain Into Hearing Something It's Not [VIDEO]

How Auditory Illusions Trick Your Brain Into Hearing Something It's Not [VIDEO] | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Auditory illusions occur when what you think you hear and what you actually hear don't match up.
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A neat video illustrating some rare example of auditory illusions.

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Neurotic People See Faces in Things

Neurotic People See Faces in Things | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

There are many ways to divide the “types of people in this world” in two, but here is one of my favorites: The people who easily see faces in inanimate objects, and the people who usually do not.

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I don't think you can classify people as either prone to paredolia or not but this article suggests that neurotic people (a label based on 'surveys') or were in a negative mood were more prone to see faces in inanimate objects. Pinch of salt, required here, methinks.

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16+ Perfectly Timed Photos That Turn Dogs Into Giants

16+ Perfectly Timed Photos That Turn Dogs Into Giants | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
No, giant dogs have not invaded earth. These photos of enormous pooches create the illusion of great size through the intentional or accidental use of mixed distances without clear reference points.
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Very clever. Look carefully.

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3D Drawing: A Realistic Glass of Water/ AMAZING illusion anamorphic - YouTube

Amazing speed painting of an anamorphic 3D Glass of water! ★ Subscribe http://goo.gl/Sznejb for more great Speed Art Portraits, 3D Art and Drawing Tutorials ...
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This would be a marvellous skill to have.  Well, watch this video to work out how the artist does it.

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3 of the best new illusions of 2015 | KSL.com

3 of the best new illusions of 2015 | KSL.com | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Optical illusions aren't just fun to talk about; they also provide insight into how we process sensory perception. The 2015 Best Illusions of the Year were announced by the Neural Correlate Society.
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Three good winners of the 2015 Best Illusion of the Year Contest with some explanations as well.

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Is Lying A Good Strategy?

Is Lying A Good Strategy? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Everybody lies. But for the most part, we still see ourselves as good, honest people. So, why do we do it—and are we all just kidding ourselves?     Daniel Ariely: “So, is lyi...
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Are white lies ok?  Or just a smaller, not less significant version of a big, fat lie.  This short article has a link to Daniel Ariely's short film on lying. Worth a look.

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Tilting the Streets of San Francisco (Gravity Illusions on Hills) - YouTube

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Very clever video that uses San Francisco's weird streets to fool the viewer.

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Phantom Eye Patients See and Feel with Missing Eyeballs - Inkfish

Phantom Eye Patients See and Feel with Missing Eyeballs - Inkfish | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Amputees often feel eerie sensations from their missing limbs. These “phantom limb” feelings can include pain, itching, tingling, or even a sense of trying to pick something up. Patients who lose an eye may have similar symptoms—with the addition of actual phantoms. Phantom eye syndrome (PES) had been studied in the past, but University of Liverpool …
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The phantom limb syndrome is well known but now research has uncovered a similar syndrome for those that lose an eye!

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Trolling our confirmation bias: one bite and we're easily sucked in

Trolling our confirmation bias: one bite and we're easily sucked in | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A recent hoax study suggesting chocolate helps people lose weight highlights many problems with the way science is conducted and reported by the media.
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How researchers managed to convince many media outlets that chocolate helps you lose weight.  The story is not unusual but we can still learn a lot about our biases by reading about the process and the reaction.

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What Kind Of Optical Perception Do You Have?

What Kind Of Optical Perception Do You Have? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
What do you REALLY see? Based on these tantalizing optical illusions, let's discover what type of optical perception you have!
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Firstly, this will NOT tell you what sort of optical perception (whatever that means!) you have.

However, it shows a good range of paintings that are illusions and it is fun to see which of the two options you see first - though, you need to be honest!

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Why The World Isn’t As It Seems - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Why The World Isn’t As It Seems - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Take a close look at the floor tiles in the scene below. First, focus your attention on the tile directly below the potted plant,…
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Explanations about our perceptions of light and dark objects. It's a blog but at least he consults with neuroscientists.  Nice picture.

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Weird perspective of a painting found in Windsor, England - YouTube

Found at Gallery at Ice in Windsor, UK www.thegalleryatice.co.uk painted by Brian Weavers, http://www.brianweavers.co.uk/
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Keep an eye on the video up until the end.

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Professor Richard Gregory on-line

Professor Richard Gregory on-line | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Professor Richard Gregory's Web Site. Includes full versions of many of his scientific papers.
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A small collection of videos showing the Ames Window, the Face Crate and the Charlie Chaplin mask illusions.

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A small collection of videos showing the Ames Window, the Face Crate and the Charlie Chaplin mask illusions.

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No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong

No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
I have had so many conversations or email exchanges with students in the last few years wherein I anger them by indicating that simply saying, "This is my opinion" does not preclude a connected statement from being dead wrong. It still baffles me that some feel those four words somehow...
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You can have an opinion on a topic and still be wrong. Lots of people don't get that and use the "It's just my opinion" to justify their ignorant statement. 

Jeff Rouner explains this idea with examples.

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This Is NOT NATURAL - YouTube

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Great video debunking some of the health myths associated with 'chemical-free' diets.

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Is your fear of radiation irrational?

Is your fear of radiation irrational? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Radioactivity stirs primal fears in many people, but Geoff Watts argues that an undue sense of its risks can cause real harm.
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A review of the effects of the Fukushima and Chernobyl disasters indicates that they did not cause as many deaths as expected. So why are we so fearful of nuclear power?  A good overall summary of the issue.

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The Famous Optical Illusion Hidden in Every Typeface—Including This One

The Famous Optical Illusion Hidden in Every Typeface—Including This One | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Hidden in the vast majority of typefaces is one of the most well-known optical illusions in the world. Can you spot the illusion, and can you identify the famous illustration that demonstrates its power over human perception?
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An article on the illusions used in typography! Small but important.

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Gallery

Gallery | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Optical illusions, optical illusion pictures, illusions, perception
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A nice collection of optical illusions in different categories.

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ABC OPEN: The paper cutter || From Project: Makers and Creators

ABC OPEN: The paper cutter || From Project: Makers and Creators | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Jacky Cheng's parents wanted her to be an architect. She rebelled. Instead, she an artist who cuts paper. A really good one.

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Magnificent art work on paper. Just watch the video. The illusion part is a side-show.

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Gfycat gif

Gfycat gif | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Jiffier gifs. share your gifs with the world on the fastest gif hosting platform. Yes to playback controls, No to size limits!
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Watch this gif.

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The Moon Terminator Illusion - YouTube

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A very good explanation of why the moon looks like it is being illuminated at the wrong angle during the final phases.

Vsauce does a good job because he uses real examples to illustrate the very clear point he is making.

It is still speculative though...

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A Giant (Painted) Hole Has Taken Over A Highway In Paris

A Giant (Painted) Hole Has Taken Over A Highway In Paris | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
When driving on Parisian highways, beware of vehicles stopped on the shoulder, unexpected weather delays and, of course, massive and hypnotic optical illusions.

For example, this stunning wo
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A 400ft x 100ft illusion of a hole in the road.  Man, that is dedication...

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