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flexible paper sculptures made up of thousands of layers by li hongbo

flexible paper sculptures made up of thousands of layers by li hongbo | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Fantastic art work. The artist has created a skull out of layers of paper that open up like a fan. Extraordinary.

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Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back)

Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back) | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Ingrained cognitive biases play a role, as does inverted snobbery about educational privilege. But we must battle on, says this scientist
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This post examines the Sunk Cost fallacy, confirmation and selection bias, the clustering illusion and the Dunning-Kruger effect. It includes some explanations for why will fall for such illusions particularly in the area of health.

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optical illusions – Neuroscience News

optical illusions – Neuroscience News | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Neuroscience News has recent neuroscience research articles, brain research news, neurology studies and neuroscience resources for neuroscientists, students, and science fans and is always free to join. Our neuroscience social network has science groups, discussion forums, free books, resources, science videos and more.
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Here is a series of articles explaining the science behind illusions. Most are visual and it is from the site Neuroscience News.

As you can also see, it has other resources available.

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Can You See These Optical Illusions? - YouTube

Talking psychology, neuroscience and why we act the way we do. Subscribe for a new video every Thursday! BrainCraft was created and is written and hosted by ...
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A brief introduction to illusions and why we are fooled by them. Although brief, the explanations are good and the visuals are interesting.

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Why We All Fall for Con Artists

Why We All Fall for Con Artists | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
You think you're too smart to fall for a con artist. You probably aren't.
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An interview with author Maria Konnikova (no pun intended) about her new book entitled "The Confidence Game".  The books takes you through the stages of being conned and gives plenty of real-life examples of how con artists work.

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The Vanishing

Buy the book (UK): http://goo.gl/RWuwZt Buy the book (USA): http://goo.gl/Kf66Qx Intro animation: http://www.freelancemotiongraphics.co.uk Music: https://cam...
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A video explaining how the author of "Quirkology" made the red ball disappear.

The book is worth a read.

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12 fascinating optical illusions show how color can trick the eye

12 fascinating optical illusions show how color can trick the eye | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
These optical illusions will make you look at color in a totally different way.
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Not much new here but I did like the chess pieces one above.

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The Weirdest Optical Illusions on the Internet and How They Work

Our eyes can’t be trusted and that’s not always a bad thing. Before motion pictures came about, Victorian kids would play with optical toys — little ...
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Nothing new here except the writer tries to explain how each illusion works and does a reasonable job of it.

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Dunning-Kruger and the curse of knowledge

Dunning-Kruger and the curse of knowledge | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias where a relatively unskilled individual overestimates his level of skill within a particular area. It is thought to arise because the individual lacks the knowledge needed for accurate calibration. If you don't know what an expert performance looks like then you won't realise that you are lacking that expertise.…
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Applying the Dunning-Kruger effect to teaching and learning.

 

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Incredible optical illusion revealed. Horizontal or vertical?

An incredible optical illusion with light and shade as a piece of art.
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Very effective piece of artwork.

Pity about the camera work.

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Frontal brain wrinkle linked to hallucinations - BBC News

Frontal brain wrinkle linked to hallucinations - BBC News | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Scientists say a particular fold at the front of the brain tends to be shorter in those schizophrenia patients who experience hallucinations.
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New observations about this part of the brain and correlation with those people that experience hallucinations.

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The optical illusion that can 'hack' your brain

The optical illusion that can 'hack' your brain | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
From "The Dress" to invisible sheep optical illusions are fascinating because they showcase how c
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Colour illusion. It includes a video. More of a party trick, really.

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3 Reasons Why You Are Always Mishearing Song Lyrics

3 Reasons Why You Are Always Mishearing Song Lyrics | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
This post like to a video which explains the term 'mondegreen', the term for misheard music lyrics.So Taylor Swift is not actually singing about lonely Starbucks lovers?
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This post links to a video which explains the term 'mondegreen', the term for misheard music lyrics.

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This simple illusion shows that you can literally hear with your eyes

This simple illusion shows that you can literally hear with your eyes | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

A review of the McGurk effect. It includes a video and the latest research that suggests that people with dyslexia and autism may be 'immune' to the effect and can people from other cultures.It changes how you perceive the world

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A review of the McGurk effect. It includes a video and the latest research that suggests that people with dyslexia and autism may be 'immune' to the effect and can people from other cultures.

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The Science of Optical Illusions

The Science of Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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An excellent range of optical illusions, many of which I have not seen before. Most also contain a useful explanation.

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Top 10 Amazing Drawing Tricks

HOwarTest your powers of observation with this amazing set of drawing illusion games. In each clip something has been drawn by artist Howard Lee - can you spot it...

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Howard Lee demonstrates his talents at drawing objects that are as close to the real thing as you can get.

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The Illusion Machine That Teaches Us How We See - Issue 32: Space - Nautilus

The Illusion Machine That Teaches Us How We See - Issue 32: Space - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The man sprang onstage dressed as a miner, complete with headlamp and pickaxe. After swinging the axe a few times, he proclaimed to…
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Kokichi Sugihara has become a master of creating impossible 2D drawings into 3D images like Eicher's staircase above.

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"The human brain routinely throws away many possible interpretations of the visual data it receives from the eyes. Given the brain’s limited resources and its need to interpret visual data quickly, it can’t afford to entertain every bizarre interpretation—it simply goes for the explanation that seems most likely, based on its past experiences and built-in visual processing machinery."


This could be one of the reasons why will settle on illusions (e.g. Jesus on toast) so quickly.  Of course, magicians use this phenomenon all the time.

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How to evaluate an argument like a trained scientist

How to evaluate an argument like a trained scientist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

From the pontifications of the politician on the nightly news, to the latest tabloid health scare, we're constantly bombarded by other people's arguments – their attempts to make a particular claim based on some kind of evidence. How best to evaluate all these assertions and counter-assertions? Some insights come from a 

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Putting this article within this group of scoops is a bit dodgy but I like the article and can justify it by describing how to avoid illusions in our thinking.  

The article explores the mechanisms used by experience scientists and students in deciding if text examples were plausible.

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Alessandro Diddi, Master of Illusion

Alessandro Diddi, Master of Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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The anamorphic work of Alessandro Diddi. 

Brilliant. Wish I could post more of his pictures.

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Lighting Up the Dark Side: Star Wars Shadow Art Portraits

Lighting Up the Dark Side: Star Wars Shadow Art Portraits | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Balls of aluminum foil transform into Darth Vader and irregular chunks of chocolate cookies covered in rainbow sprinkles become the Star Wars logo when a ...
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Nice shadow work to create Star Wars figures.

Includes a video.

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In The Style Of Optical Visual Illusions - Op Art. Background Black And White Video 3D. Hypnotic Movement Strips. Stock Footage Video 13149344 - Shutterstock

In The Style Of Optical Visual Illusions - Op Art. Background Black And White Video 3D. Hypnotic Movement Strips. Stock Footage Video 13149344 - Shutterstock | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Stock Footage of In the style of optical visual illusions - Op art. Background black and white video 3D. Hypnotic movement strips.
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A range of short, looping videos with an illusions theme to them. Good to run in the background.

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Amazing Anamorphic Illusions II - YouTube

Download the images and try it out! The original paper size should be 11 X 17. Be sure to print at 100%. Do not resize. If you don't have 11 X 17, you can try scaling down the images to 8 1/2 X 11. But the results may not be as good.

Image 1: http://i.imgur.com/ILmOtZf.jpg
Image 2: http://i.imgur.com/VrBMdFe.jpg
Image 3: http://i.imgur.com/rQZl2cy.jpg.

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These are very difficult to spot. No spoilers from me though - just watch it right to the end.

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Your Brain On Illusions (The LAB) - YouTube

Find out what happens to your brain during illusions! Follow us! @whalewatchmeplz and @mitchellmoffit SUBSCRIBE! It's free: http://bit.ly/asapsci Want to mak...
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Some very good visual illusions here although I am not sure of the point of number 4. Nice set up for the fake hand illusion.

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THE OPTICAL ILLUSIONS OF BRIDGET RILEY

THE OPTICAL ILLUSIONS OF BRIDGET RILEY | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
by Ariadna Zierold Bridget Riley is an abstract painter who came to prominence in the American Op Art movement of the 1960s, after her inclusion in the 1965 exh
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Hurray! Some original (sort of) illusions.

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THE WORLD'S LARGEST ARTISTIC (RAIN)WATER MOSAIC BY ARTIST BELO - YouTube

http://www.facebook.com/serge.belo To raise awareness among the general public about the global clean water crisis, the artist Belo created an image composed...
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Just watch it until the end.

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Playing with optical illusions in Anamorphosis

Playing with optical illusions in Anamorphosis | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Introduction to a game that uses anamorphic illusions to solve puzzles on different levels.Lucien Chen's interesting indie puzzler is all about finding the right vantage point so that hidden images become clear.
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Introduction to a game that uses anamorphic illusions to solve puzzles on different levels.

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