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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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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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The mirror man

The mirror man | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Phantom pain, experienced in missing limbs, tortures amputees and puzzles scientists. Srinath Perur cycles round Cambodia with a man who treats it with mirrors.
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Great story about an amputee going around Cambodia helping other amputees with 'phantom limb pain'. Also highlights the dilemma of having enthusiastic amateurs give medical advice without any credentials.
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Lindzee - illusion blind - YouTube

Lindzee - illusion blind ( illusion à l'aveugle ) Facebook : Lindzee Poi Page Facebook : Lindzee Poi ( vidéos ) https://www.facebook.com/LindzeePoi?fref=ts h...
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Very clever and sometimes unsettling video on illusions.

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Artist ‘Skewers’ People With Optical Illusions (7 Pics)

Artist ‘Skewers’ People With Optical Illusions (7 Pics) | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Splendid set of photos.

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Tweet from @pickover

Tweet from @pickover | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
This humor involves geometry and art. pic.twitter.com/UvyQv0HVyN
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Ah, Escher.

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That’s So Random: Why We Persist in Seeing Streaks

That’s So Random: Why We Persist in Seeing Streaks | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
And it’s not just humans. Monkeys, too, seem to believe in the “hot hand” beloved of gamblers and basketball players, scientists say.
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Though widely believed, hot streaks and patterns of luck don't exist statistically.  Try telling that to any sports fan...

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Gundam Optical Illusions Will Mess With Your Mind

To promote its Pixus printer, Canon released a video with Gundam plastic model optical illusions. They are pretty cool!
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Very Brasspup-like!

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After This Audio Illusion, You'll Never Trust Your Ears Again

After This Audio Illusion, You'll Never Trust Your Ears Again | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It might be a little too early in the morning to have your mind blown, but this audio illusion is worth your time because it demonstrates your brain's uncanny ability to use new information to help process something that is otherwise incomprehensible.
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Really good aural illusion. Silly headline.

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Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus

Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Your powers of attention: fooled!Attention is, by definition, limited. And that’s usually a good thing. If you’re searching for…
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Perfect example in the picture above...

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How Fixation Error Prevents You From Solving Problems | Neurobonkers | Big Think

How Fixation Error Prevents You From Solving Problems | Neurobonkers | Big Think | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Have you ever found yourself taking an exam, working on a tight deadline, or solving an important time critical problem and becoming stuck; unable to progress because you're brain won't let you move on until you remember a piece of information that is on the tip of your tongue? For most of us, this ...
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This is about 'fixation error' which stops us seeing other solutions and we get stuck on one. Wonder what it is called when it occurs in a group?

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OK Go - The Writing's On the Wall - Official Video - YouTube

Pre-order the new album, Hungry Ghosts (Oct 14) now at http://bit.ly/okghosts and get this song and 3 more as instant downloads. LYRICS: Listen, I know it's ...
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Wow. Wall to wall illusions put to song.

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How Our Delusions Keep Us Sane: The Psychology of Our Essential Self-Enhancement Bias

How Our Delusions Keep Us Sane: The Psychology of Our Essential Self-Enhancement Bias | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
How evolution made the average person believe she is better in every imaginable way than the average person.

"Optimism is the faith that
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Excellent summary of a range of disillusion and biases that keep us sane and human.

They include; self-enhancement bias, illusory superiority, optimism bias and one of my favourites, confirmation bias.

This is a long article but well worth the read.

Brain pickings is also worth following for the occasional article on psychology.

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Brainwave: Illusion (Apollo Robbins + Marisa Carrasco) - YouTube

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A magician and a psychologist explain why our visual system is fooled by the work of illusionists.

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The psychology of first impressions - digested

The psychology of first impressions - digested | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

You’ll have had this experience - you meet a new person and within moments you feel good or bad vibes about them. This is you performing “thin slicing” - deducing information about a person based on “tells”, some more obvious than others.

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A great summary of a range of different studies showing how first impressions are so easily made.

It would be interesting to see how accurate those impressions are.

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Bolin’s Amazing Camouflages

Bolin’s Amazing Camouflages | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Liu Bolin’s art has been featured in hundreds of blogs and magazines (including Illusion), his work has been displayed in galleries in New York, France and beyond; and he was a guest speaker at TED. This Chinese artist already has a heavy schedule for the fall, as he’ll be showcasing his pictures at Artinternational, Paris Photo,...
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Wow. Liu is brilliant.

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These Structures Are Not Optical Illusions, They Were Carved Directly Into Blocks of Marble - TechEBlog

These Structures Are Not Optical Illusions, They Were Carved Directly Into Blocks of Marble - TechEBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
TechEBlog, The Latest Tech and Gadget News
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Neat sculptures made out of stone

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Brain fills gaps to produce a likely picture

Brain fills gaps to produce a likely picture | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Researchers use visual illusions to demonstrate to what extent the brain interprets visual signals. They were surprised to discover that active interpretation occurs early on in signal processing. In other words, we see not only with our eyes, but with our brain, too. The primary visual brain cortex is normally regarded as the area where eye signals are merely processed, but that has now been refuted by the new results.
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Interesting that we actively start interpreting signals early in the analysis process.

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The beautiful surreal worlds of Erik Johansson

The beautiful surreal worlds of Erik Johansson | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Photographer and retouch artist Erik Johansson produces some remarkable illusions. If you are curious about how his latest image--entitled Landfall--was put together then this video has a lot of the answers as Erik takes us through the process from concept to completion.
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Nice art work - includes five images.

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Shadow Illusions from Artist Kumi Yamashita | HUH.

Shadow Illusions from Artist Kumi Yamashita | HUH. | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

New York City-based artist Kumi Yamashita has created a stunning series of sculptures which, when lit from the right angle, cast human shadows. The physical sculptures themselves are either made from three-dimensional lettering, cast resin, or sheet metal jutting out from the wall. 

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Fantastic shadow illusions from a artist with a lot of patience!

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5 Illusions Reveal How Portraits Can Lie

5 Illusions Reveal How Portraits Can Lie | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Portrait photography traverses fact and fancy
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All the above photos are look-a-likes that are unrelated! Read on to find out aboit the look-a-like project

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You Are Less Beautiful Than You Think

You Are Less Beautiful Than You Think | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Dove's viral video gets it wrong
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Very interesting, if a little dated, article on 'inflated perceptions'. That is, we think we are better looking than we actually are.

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The Big Lie

The Big Lie | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Can you spot a liar?
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Lots of articles about lying and deception.

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How Data Beats Intuition at Making Selection Decisions

How Data Beats Intuition at Making Selection Decisions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
An algorithm beats the experts at hiring
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Really? Hard data beats intuition.This could change HR departments around the world!

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Test your cognitive skills with visual brain teasers | SharpBrains

Test your cognitive skills with visual brain teasers | SharpBrains | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Visuospatial skills are used everyday in many ways, ranging from going from one room to another in your house to solving a jigsaw puzzle and navigating in a new
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A short test of your ability to rotate mentally.

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The Blind Woman Who Sees Rain, But Not Her Daughter's Smile

The Blind Woman Who Sees Rain, But Not Her Daughter's Smile | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
When Milena Channing was 29 years old she was blinded by a stroke. But the injury left her with connections from her eyes to the part of the brain that detects motion.
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Fascinating study of a woman who could only see things as long as she kept moving! Another great tale revealing the amazing ability of the brain to adapt to new situations

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At The Right Hand of Sleep - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

At The Right Hand of Sleep - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
When we're drowsy, and on the point of falling asleep, our awareness of the outside world tends to dim. But a fascinating new paper reports that, for most
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Fascinating study of how the left hand side of your senses shut down as you fall asleep.

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