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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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Impossible Movie

Impossible Movie | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Movie of an impossible world...

(Very entertaining short animation based on the work of Escher).

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Art Installations in Rome Based on 3D Illusions: Vantage by Aakash Nihalani [Video]

Art Installations in Rome Based on 3D Illusions: Vantage by Aakash Nihalani [Video] | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
By using mixed media on canvas, corrugated plastic and wood, artist Aakash Nihalani created Vantage, an intriguing array of artworks in Rome, Italy.
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This includes photos and a vide of the work of Aakash.

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Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.
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Woah!  Check out the pink cereal and green icecream with purple fudge.

Colour can affect the way we view a food but also affect how it tastes!  How?

Read on!  (Source: NPR)

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7 Pieces of Cute 3D Chalk Street Art! » Fascinating Pics

7 Pieces of Cute 3D Chalk Street Art! » Fascinating Pics | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Straight out of a children’s book, the chalk street art by illustrator David Zinn depicts some really cute characters through the streets. Funny, colorful and really adorable, street art by David Zinn is a breath of fresh air and brings the carefree and innocence that is lacking in conventional street art! I love it.

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Terrific work. Should be made permanent in paint, not just chalk!

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A Patient’s Bizarre Hallucination Points to How the Brain Identifies Places | Science | WIRED

A Patient’s Bizarre Hallucination Points to How the Brain Identifies Places | Science | WIRED | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and culture at Wired.com.
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Stimulation of the parahippocampal (so many possible puns) place area resulted in some very clear hallucinations for one patient (out of 70).  

The results were vivid but the conclusions must remain fuzzy. Still, some very interesting research.

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Believe it or not, these four squares move at the same constant speed

These four squares appear to move at different speeds, stopping and moving, waiting for each other in pairs. In reality, they are always moving at exactly the same constant speed. Seriously. I opened the GIF in Photoshop and used guides to measure it—in every frame, the squares align perfectly.
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If the gif above does not animate, then go to the website. It is worth it.

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5 Anamorphic Illusions! Awesome creations! » Fascinating Pics

5 Anamorphic Illusions! Awesome creations! » Fascinating Pics | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Some more great anamorphic illusions.

List of five photos here including some different perspectives.

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The Hidden Brain: How Ocean Currents Explain Our Unconscious Social Biases

The Hidden Brain: How Ocean Currents Explain Our Unconscious Social Biases | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
"Those who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers; those who swim against the current may never realize they are be
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Some powerful stories about the unconscious biases that we live with. I am not sure of the veracity of the statements made in those stories but they make a wonderful read.

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Best Illusions of the Year

Best Illusions of the Year | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Take a visual journey through seven prizewinning illusions
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Winners!

This article explains the illusions.

Here they are in full: http://illusionoftheyear.com/

 

This is a link with articles about illusions in Scientific American - http://www.scientificamerican.com/may2014/illusions/

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Scent-sational Smells

Scent-sational Smells | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Debunking pheromones without losing faith in the powers of smell
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An interesting article on the power (or lack of power) of smells. Interesting that neurons associated with smell can be renewed and that a loss of certain smells might be an early sign of Alzheimers or Parkinson's disease.

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Reebok CrossFit: Guinness World Record for Largest 3D Street Art - YouTube

Today Reebok CrossFit, a revolutionary strength and conditioning programme, teamed up with artists 3D Joe and Max to break the Guinness World Record for the ...
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An old video but a good example of 3D art.

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The Unconscious Mind Can Spot a Lie Even When the Conscious Mind Fails — PsyBlog

The Unconscious Mind Can Spot a Lie Even When the Conscious Mind Fails — PsyBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
New study finds that the unconscious mind may hamper our abilities to detect lying.
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Whilst we are no better than chance at spotting a lie, maybe our unconscious is getting in our way?

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Food Tastes Bland While Multitasking

Food Tastes Bland While Multitasking | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Paying mindful attention to one's food leads people to eat less but savor it more
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Being distracted whilst eating can reduce our sense of taste - so we eat more! Whaaaat?

Unforntuately, you have to pay to see the details of the article but it makes for an interesting abstract.

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That beard is only hot because it’s not cool | Science News

That beard is only hot because it’s not cool | Science News | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
There’s more to facial hair than whether you can grow it. A new study shows that attractiveness increases when your style of facial hair is rare.
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Being hirsute or facially naked is attracted when either is rare in the male population. But still not as attractive as heavy stubble! Discrimination is subtle sometimes.

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An Assortment of Visual Illusions

An Assortment of Visual Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A big part of Zachary Norman’s art focuses on his study and creation of optical illusions from stacked 3D cubes that appear to be falling over, to impossible objects that are crazily intertwined and messing with one’s mind. If you enjoy these images, also view the work of Fanette G. and Gianni Sarcone. Images ©...
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Great use of mirrors to create illusions.

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Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds

Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

What can you taste when you swirl a mouthful of malt whisky around your mouth? Peaty flavours, honey, sea salt? Talk to any whisky drinker and they'll be happy to discuss at length.

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This article is about a whole new field of study called "neurogastronomy - everything we eat or drink is processed by our senses."

Nothing new there. However, some senses can interfere with the taste and smell of some foods and drinks.

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Like to eat? Well then you will find this new discipline, labelled "neurogastronomy", absolutely fascinating!

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Woman drinks huge glass of wine

Woman drinks huge glass of wine | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
fotoflex sent me this rather lovely image who is about to have the mother all of hangovers....
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Another interesting perspective shot.

Probably better to keep the glass as clean as possible - the wine stains are impossibly big.

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10 Ways Your Mind Plays Tricks on You | Big Think TV | Big Think

10 Ways Your Mind Plays Tricks on You | Big Think TV | Big Think | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The mind seeks out patterns, and this can lead to some tricky mind games...played by your own mind, on you. This could happen when a song gets stuck in your head, and the only lyric you know keeps playing over and over again in your mind, and you can't get it out. You're even making up lyrics for ...
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Scientists discover brain's anti-distraction system

Scientists discover brain's anti-distraction system | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
(Medical Xpress)—Two Simon Fraser University psychologists have made a brain-related discovery that could revolutionize doctors' perception and treatment of attention-deficit disorders.
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This has interesting implications for schools, teachers and parents with children that have ADHD.

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Lindzee - Amelymeloptical illusion - YouTube

Lindzee - Amelymeloptical illusion - YouTube | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Facebook : Lindzee Poi Web Site : www.lindzee-poi.fr Musique : Amelie - Comptine d'un Autre Été (piano with cello and violins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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Very clever visual illusion.

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Synesthesia Helps Explain Mysterious Spelunker's Illusion

Synesthesia Helps Explain Mysterious Spelunker's Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Why some people believe they can see their hands in total darkness
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I thought spelunkers had something to do with diving in caves!

Wow, was I wrong.

Some people can 'see' there hands moving in front of their face even in complete darkness or with blindfolds.

Those with synaesthesia experience the phenomenon more strongly than others.

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Around the world, things look better in hindsight

Around the world, things look better in hindsight | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Human memory has a pervasive emotional bias – and it’s probably a good thing. That’s according to psychologists Timothy Ritchie and colleagues.

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Interesting article on the 'fading affect bias (FAB!)'.  They also suggest that this might be universal but will need further studies.

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Wizard of Odds or Even Steven? The science of gambling fallacies

Wizard of Odds or Even Steven? The science of gambling fallacies | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Imagine yourself, a picture of sartorial elegance and sipping champagne from a crystal flute, in Le Grande Casino at Monte Carlo. It is a Monday night – in fact, the date is August 18, 1913 – and you are…
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An examination of the 'gambler's fallacy' and the part of the brain that MIGHT be associated with it (the insula).

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Amazing non existent 3d pedestrian crossing!

Amazing non existent 3d pedestrian crossing! | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
@yalbader sent me this great photo of an optical illusion pedestrian crossing in Kyrgyzstan - what a fab idea!
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How did they keep the cars off?

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Can Skepticism Blind You to the Truth?

Can Skepticism Blind You to the Truth? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
An odd experiment, done by a believer in paranormal phenomena, opens a few questions about how everyone perceives the world. We know that belief can blind people – but can disbelief do the same thing?
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I am not sure that I would come to the same conclusion as the author but the story she recounts is interesting.

Just as interesting are the reactions of the participants.

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New bodily illusion: Would you believe your hand could turn into marble?

New bodily illusion: Would you believe your hand could turn into marble? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Our bodies are made of flesh and bones. We all know this, and throughout our daily lives, all our senses constantly provide converging information about this simple, factual truth. But is this always the case? A new study reports a surprising bodily illusion demonstrating how we can rapidly update our assumptions about the material qualities of our bodies based on recent multisensory perceptual experience.
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Just have to include this part of the text:

"To induce an illusory perception of the material properties of the hand, a group of neuroscientists from Bielefeld University, the Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Germany), and the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) asked volunteers to sit with their hands lying on a table in front of them. They repeatedly hit the participants' right hands gently with a small hammer while replacing the natural sound of the hammer against the skin with the sound of a hammer hitting a piece of marble. Within minutes, hands started feeling stiffer, heavier, harder, less sensitive, and unnatural. Moreover, when approached by a threatening stimulus (a needle that the experimenter moved near their hands), participants showed an enhanced Galvanic skin response, thus demonstrating increased physiological arousal."


A hand that feels like granite! Unbelievable.

 

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