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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.

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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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Do You Hear What I Hear? Auditory Hallucinations Yield Clues to Perception

Do You Hear What I Hear? Auditory Hallucinations Yield Clues to Perception | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Psychics and psychosis sufferers alike hold beliefs that may predispose them to hearing voices
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A description of an experiment on how hard it is for people with a psychosis to dispel their beliefs about voices in their heads.
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Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions

Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
--- Are the two orange circles of the same size? One way to learn more about our brains and minds is to look at how we can trick them--that is, to see how we
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These illusions have been presented before but this site includes some useful explanations.
 
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Amazing 3D Optical Illusions Burst from This Artist’s Sketchbook

Amazing 3D Optical Illusions Burst from This Artist’s Sketchbook | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Cambodia-born illustrator Visoth Kakvei's smooth, confident drawing style catapults him to Instagram fame.
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Brilliant diagrams from Visoth Kakvei. This one does not do justice to the 3D diagrams on this page. Worth a look
 
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What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence – Kate Fehlhaber | Aeon Ideas

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence – Kate Fehlhaber | Aeon Ideas | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
One day in 1995, a large, heavy middle-aged man robbed two Pittsburgh banks in broad daylight. He didn’t wear a mask or any sort of disguise. And he smiled at surveillance cameras before walking out of each bank. Later that night, police arreste
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A good article explaining the Dunning-Kruger effect where people can sometimes be so incompetent that they don't know they are incompetent.
 
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8 Mind-Bending Optical Illusions (And What They Reveal About How Our Brains Work)

8 Mind-Bending Optical Illusions (And What They Reveal About How Our Brains Work) | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
8 mind-bending optical illusions and a brief explanation of how they work as well as what they reveal about perception and our brains.
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Lots of useful illusions here and, as a bonus, some good explanations of what they mean about how our brain works. Cheers, Belle!
 
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Optical illusions: Can you master them all?

Optical illusions: Can you master them all? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Optical illusions have fascinated both young and old for centuries. These illusions are produced when our eyes (and our brains) have difficulty interpreting reality. 
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A visual list of illusions. Plenty of old favourites but some that I have not seen before.
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Watch This Cat Lose Its Mind After Faced With An Optical Illusion

Watch This Cat Lose Its Mind After Faced With An Optical Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Apparently what cannot be understood must be destroyed.
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What surprises me is that the cat is also able to see things moving - just as humans do. There must be some connections between our brains.
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Living a Lie: We Deceive Ourselves to Better Deceive Others

Living a Lie: We Deceive Ourselves to Better Deceive Others | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
New research provides the first evidence for a theory first put forward in the 1970s
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Deceiving ourselves might be for more than just self-enhancement or increasing motivation.
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This Makeup Artist's Optical Illusion Makeup Will BLOW Your Mind

This Makeup Artist's Optical Illusion Makeup Will BLOW Your Mind | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
If you're one of Mimi Choi's 130,000 followers, you know the Vancouver, Canada-based makeup artist is seriously talented.
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Mimi Choi is pretty amazing.
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Optical illusions show how past experience dramatically influences perception | Aeon Videos

Optical illusions show how past experience dramatically influences perception | Aeon Videos | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
‘I’ll never trust another trapezoid.’
Part of a series of educational films produced by Bell Laboratories between 1956 and 1964, Gateways to the Mind (1958) explored human senses and perception using animations, demonstrations and in-the-lab sequences. In this brief excerpt, the US English professor and public educator Frank C Baxter walks the audience through three experiments carried out at Princeton University’s Perception Demonstration Center, each highlighting the powerful relationship between perception and past experience.
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Great video showing three types of perception tricks. Although a little stilted, nevertheless, the explanations are still illuminating.
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Great video showing three types of perception tricks. Although a little stilted, nevertheless, the explanations are still illuminating.
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The mathematics of sidewalk illusions - Fumiko Futamura

View full lesson here: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-mathematics-of-sidewalk-illusions-fumiko-futamura Have you ever come across an oddly stretched image o
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How to create 3D drawings in 2D, including the history of the development of anamorphic drawing.
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The Road to Pseudoscientific Thinking

The Road to Pseudoscientific Thinking | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
How to prevent the most salient feature from being the least informative
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A short article from Scientific American indicating why we are more likely to remember useless ideas.
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The blue and the green - Bad Astronomy

The blue and the green - Bad Astronomy | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Via my evil twin Richard Wiseman comes one of the best color optical illusions I have ever seen. The original was apparently posted on Buzzhunt Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s incredible optical illusion website: You see embedded spirals, right, of green, pinkish-orange, and blue? Incredibly, the green and the blue spirals are the same color. At first I …
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I really don't understand how this illusion works. Richard Wiseman has a go at explaining it.
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Tactile illusions - Wikipedia

Tactile illusions - Wikipedia

Tactile illusions are illusions that affect the sense of touch. Some tactile illusions require active touch (e.g., movement of the fingers or hands), whereas others can be evoked passively (e.g., with external stimuli that press against the skin).

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Great list of tactile illusions if you want to do some activities related to touch.
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These Illusions Trick Both Sighted and Blind People

These Illusions Trick Both Sighted and Blind People | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
(via BrainCraft) Your brain does its best to piece together the world – but our senses are susceptible to being tricked. For centuries we thought that optical illusions only tricked our visual perception – now we know that the same illusions can trick the touch perception of those who are blind.
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Some old favourites here but the video host attempts to explain why they work which is a bonus.
 
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Baffling body illusions

Baffling body illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Confuse your body with eight illusions to experiment with your sense of 'proprioception'.
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Eight illusions that you can do at home! The video from the Royal Institute shows what you need and how to do it.
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Narrative Optical Illusions Painted by Rob Gonsalves

Narrative Optical Illusions Painted by Rob Gonsalves | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves explores childlike stories of wonder through his surrealist paintings, capturing peeks of one's internal daydreams through dual scene optical illusions. The works express both the real and the imaginative, painting a space where one can explore beyond physical limits
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Gonsalves is a superb artist and his paintings are awesome. I have seen a lot of these before but it is worth having another look...to be inspired.
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Our Intuitions About the World Are Usually Wrong

Our Intuitions About the World Are Usually Wrong | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
On flat-Earthers, science denial, and why teaching critical thinking isn’t enough.
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Great article on the misconceptions we develop as youngsters and how difficult it is to shake them as you grow older.
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Introducing the Invisibility Cloak Illusion: We think we’re more observant (and less observed) than everyone else

Introducing the Invisibility Cloak Illusion: We think we’re more observant (and less observed) than everyone else | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Other people are probably paying more attention to you than you think, but that doesn't mean they're judging you. By Juliet Hodges
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In research published recently in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Erica Boothby and her colleagues show how we have a tendency to believe that we are incredibly socially observant ourselves, while those around us are less so. These assumptions combine to create the illusion that we observe others more than they observe us.
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Optical illusions that will test your brain | OverSixty

Optical illusions that will test your brain | OverSixty | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We take a look at nine of our favourite optical illusions and the clever reasons behind why they’re so head-scratching.
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Nine old favourites here. Good to see them in one spot.
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The brain-bending science behind optical illusions

The brain-bending science behind optical illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Geometrical illusions are simple optical illusions where background patterns make shapes and lines appear to bend, break, or warp in bizarre ways. While scientists are still figuring ou
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Explanation of some key illusions.
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Explanation of some key illusions.
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Why We Believe Obvious Untruths

Why We Believe Obvious Untruths | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The problem is that the forces underlying bogus and real knowledge are similar.
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The author suggests that truths can only be known in full if we are able to share and collaborate with others. We as individuals are poorly equipped to understand and remember the complete truth.
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Confirmation Bias: How Intelligent People Develop Totally Incorrect Beliefs - PsyBlog

Confirmation Bias: How Intelligent People Develop Totally Incorrect Beliefs - PsyBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Study debunks long-held myth probably arising from the confirmation bias.
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An all too brief article on this phenomenon. It focuses on the belief that people go more crazy during a full moon even though there is no evidence for this.
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The "Bad Is Black" Effect

The "Bad Is Black" Effect | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Research finds darker skin is associated with perceptions of evil
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Article summarising recent research which indicates that reporters are more likely to use darker-skinned images of humans in articles of a more negative nature.
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Kahneman: Your Cognitive Biases Act Like Optical Illusions

Kahneman: Your Cognitive Biases Act Like Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Blind spots are more than visual.
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Daniel Kahneman and why we have cognitive biases. It's a short article but might be incentive to read his book, "Thinking Fast and Slow".
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