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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.

The brain and illusions
What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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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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These moving 3-D printed sculptures are actually optical illusions - Video Dailymotion

It's hypnotizing.
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These are crazy illusions bought about by using a high-speed camera.
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10 OPTICAL ILLUSIONS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND (Again!)

Hello there! The human brain is such a complicated and interesting system, that we're still exploring all of its possibilities. Every day a lot o
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How liars create the illusion of truth

How liars create the illusion of truth | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Repetition makes a fact seem more true, regardless of whether it is or not. Understanding this effect can help you avoid falling for propaganda, says psychologist Tom Stafford. “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”, is a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels. Among psychologists something like this…
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An article on the 'illusion of truth' effect - what causes it and how we can guard against it.
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Is that my hand? How your brain falls for the 'rubber hand illusion'

Is that my hand? How your brain falls for the 'rubber hand illusion' | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The "rubber hand illusion" tricks people into believing a body part is theirs even though it isn't — and new findings show what's going on in the brain.
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An explanation of the rubber hand illusion. It tells of some unusual actions by the brain during the process.
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Optical illusions and Instagram-worthy rooms galore at Escher's exhibition in ArtScience Museum

Optical illusions and Instagram-worthy rooms galore at Escher's exhibition in ArtScience Museum | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Travel Destinations. Get more travel Destinations info at AsiaOne Travel.
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Lots of good Escher photos and videos here.
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The basic neurobiology behind the visual illusion that is ‘here to break the internet’.

The basic neurobiology behind the visual illusion that is ‘here to break the internet’. | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
At this point, you might already be familiar with the visual illusion which, according to Time Magazine, is here to break the internet. Exactly 12 small black circles are scattered around this image - but the tantalising bit is that you can only see a few of them at any one time. As you move…
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A very detailed explanation of how this illusion works. Get ready for a long read.
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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 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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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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This dish produces 3D illusions

This dish produces 3D illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
3D shapes appear when soy sauce is poured into this dipping dish.
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Dipping dishes create 3D illusions when you add soy sauce!
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8 Mind-Blowing Optical Illusions

Your brain does it’s best to inform you about the world around you. But, sometimes it gets tricked. Enjoy eight optical illusions to test your brain’
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SciShow have a go at not only showing but expalining different illusions including afterimages, the spinning dancer and the grey chequered square.
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The floor is lava, and other optical illusion artworks pop up in South Korea - The Boston Globe

The floor is lava, and other optical illusion artworks pop up in South Korea - The Boston Globe | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Remember playing “the floor is lava” as a kid? People who take a stroll through a South Korean park won’t have to use their imaginations anymore.
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Only three photos here but still a lot of effort was used to create these South Korean illusions.
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The beauty of science - ambiguous garage

Hello Everyone! This is the first video of a series about optical illusions and perspective I'm working on. Made with Blender 2.77, rendered in Cycles. Th
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A rendered, animated version of the illusion, originally done with paper.
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A ‘Memory Hacker’ Explains How to Plant False Memories in People’s Minds

A ‘Memory Hacker’ Explains How to Plant False Memories in People’s Minds | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Scientist Julia Shaw explains false police confessions (and reports of alien abductions).
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This is essentially a review of a book but the author explains how she created false memories in some of her contacts.
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Concept of the Week: optical illusion shelf suspends objects in midair

Concept of the Week: optical illusion shelf suspends objects in midair | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It'll make you do a double-take for sure.
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Excellent shelf illusion
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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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