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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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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
Gerald Carey's insight:

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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Can You Trust Your Ears? (Audio Illusions) - YouTube

Should you believe your ears and the things they hear? Can Music Save Your Life Video: http://bit.ly/1hC62NR SUBSCRIBE! http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 ---Links To Fol...
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Finally some aural illusions

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CogFit-Quest's curator insight, June 3, 6:51 PM

Interesting how our brains don't give us all the same audio signals!

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Photos: No Photoshop here: Japanese artist creates optical illusion with 3D body art.

Photos: No Photoshop here: Japanese artist creates optical illusion with 3D body art. | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
These pictures are not Photoshopped! Teenage Japanese artist creates optical illusion with body art.
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This has been around before but it is worth having another look at the artistry of Choo San.

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The Dynamic Ebbinghaus - YouTube

1srt prize winner of the 2014 Best Illusion of The Year Contest http://illusionoftheyear.com/ Christopher D. Blair, Gideon P. Caplovitz, and Ryan E.B. Mrucze...
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The Ebbinhaus illusion is well known but this version moves and it is very difficult NOT to feel that the centre circle is not expanding and contracting.

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11 mind-bending optical illusions you probably shouldn't look at if you're hungover

11 mind-bending optical illusions you probably shouldn't look at if you're hungover | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Optical illusions are confusing at the best of times, but if you're still feeling a bit ropey after a big night these tricks might make you lose your mind...or your lunch
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A collection of old illusions in the form of videos and lots of clichés in the descriptions.

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The Cheerleader Effect: Why People Appear Better-Looking in Groups — PsyBlog

The Cheerleader Effect: Why People Appear Better-Looking in Groups — PsyBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The brain averages out the facial features of people in groups, both men and women.
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The whole cheerleading 'thing' is very amusing but I think they mean that you look more attractive when part of a group.

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CogFit-Quest's curator insight, May 23, 10:55 AM

Another reason to practice social interaction. Not only does the brain benefit from social exchanges , but apparently we look better too!

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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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Why your children don't listen to you

Why your children don't listen to you | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

It is an experience as familiar as it is frustrating to many parents and teachers - getting children to pay attention to simple instructions while they are engrossed in watching television, playing a game or reading a book.

Gerald Carey's insight:

Good summary of our understanding of inattention blindness.

Prof. Wiseman adds some explanation for why it occurs.

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Social Conformity Effect Lasts Three Days — PsyBlog

Social Conformity Effect Lasts Three Days — PsyBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

rticlPeople will deny their own senses to fit with others, but the effect fades with time.

Gerald Carey's insight:

Three days is pretty definitive so this report will need to be verified but perhaps it is confirming the importance of occasionally going on holiday - to get away from the conformity of the workplace! 

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Sound and vision: Visual cortex processes auditory information too

Sound and vision: Visual cortex processes auditory information too | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Scientists studying brain process involved in sight have found the visual cortex also uses information gleaned from the ears as well as the eyes when viewing the world.
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This explains how we can have such a rich experience even when we 'just' hear sounds.

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45 Mind-Bending Photos You Need To See Twice To Understand

45 Mind-Bending Photos You Need To See Twice To Understand | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Unbelievable Photography
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Some good efforts - but more like trick photography than illusions.

However...

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