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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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2015 Finalists | Best Illusion of the Year Contest

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A list of the 10 finalist in the Illusion of the Year competition.  All are in video form. You can vote for them if you want.
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Korean artist's makeup illusions will bend your mind

Korean artist's makeup illusions will bend your mind | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We can't look
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Korean artist Dain Yoon incredible make up artistry. This photo is not the highlight. Go to the website.
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A neurologist reveals the biggest myth about the brain

A neurologist reveals the biggest myth about the brain | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
How much of our brains are we using anyway?
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A quick debunk of the 10% myth by Dr Steven Novella.
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Why Your Brain Tricks You Into Thinking These Stationary Circles Are Moving

Why Your Brain Tricks You Into Thinking These Stationary Circles Are Moving | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
New brain-imaging research investigates the optical illusion.
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Haven't seen this in a while. Somebody trying to explain what happens in the brain when we see an illusion.
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Super-Cool Photographic Illusions Found On The Web

Super-Cool Photographic Illusions Found On The Web | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Super-Cool Photographic Illusions Found On The Web

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A variety of illusions, most of which we have seen before but some new ones.
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These Charming Optical Illusions Pop Off the Page | Monday Insta Illustrator | The Creators Project

Don't look down.
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Unfortunately, I can't show you a picture of what this very talented illustrator has done but it's worth having a look.
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3D Street Art: 14 Eye-Popping Optical Illusions Created In Chalk

3D Street Art: 14 Eye-Popping Optical Illusions Created In Chalk | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The world's foremost experts on 3D street art create imaginary worlds so realistic it takes a triple-take to grasp exactly what you're looking at.
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Fantastic street art collection.
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How to Create Physics-Defying Illusions with Water | The Creators Project

How to Create Physics-Defying Illusions with Water | The Creators Project | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Joey Shanks of PBS Digital Studios uses a bass tone and super-slow motion to make water do crazy things.
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The authors take you through the process of getting water to fall how you want it to fall mainly using sound waves.
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Meet the Animal Masters of Illusion

Meet the Animal Masters of Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Humans are not the only species to use visual trickery to their advantage
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Another great set of animal illusion examples. 

The post discusses the techniques of masquerade, crypsis and mimicry

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This Rabbit-Duck Optical Illusion Can Reveal How Quick Your Brain Is

This Rabbit-Duck Optical Illusion Can Reveal How Quick Your Brain Is | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
What do you see in this image: a duck or a rabbit? This optical illusion sketch was created about 100 years ago, but recently sparked huge reaction on internet after being shared on social media sites. The Duck-Rabbit image is believed to have first published in 1892 in a German magazine - Fliegende Blätter - with title "Which animals are most like each other?"
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The conclusions on this page are entirely spurious but I did like the way they classified illusions into four types.

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Illusions for survival and reproduction | OUPblog

Illusions for survival and reproduction | OUPblog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Much of what we think we see is not real – it’s an illusion. A favourite pastime for many visual psychologists and artists is to baffle and confuse our perception by making things appear that are not really there, or manipulating the way that we might see patterns or colours. The origin of many illusions lies in the fact that the brain often receives incomplete or conflicting information.
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Really good example of an animal using force perspective to create a 'bower' which makes the smaller objects near the front look as big as the larger objects in the rear. Who would have thunk it!

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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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Optical Illusions | ASU - Ask A Biologist

Optical Illusions | ASU - Ask A Biologist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
An optical illusion occurs when you the way you see something is different from what the object really is. Optical illusions occur when there is an error in how the brain interprets what the eyes are seeing. In general, there are 3 types of optical illusions.
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A simple introduction to the three main types of illusions.
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10+ Times Books Caused Serious Illusions

10+ Times Books Caused Serious Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It's interesting how when you place a magazine or book cover in front of a person correctly, they blend in perfectly looking like one whole figure and create an
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Love it. Using book covers to create illusions
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Artist makes most spectacular illusions out of her forearm (22 Photos)

Artist makes most spectacular illusions out of her forearm (22 Photos) | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Lisha Simpson
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Spectacular art work from Lisha Simpson. Stunning.
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The incredible Perspective Illusions of Erik Johansson

The incredible Perspective Illusions of Erik Johansson | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Journey into the mind of Swedish photographer Erik Johansson, who's vision of the world around him is truly unique
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Some very good examples of Erik Johansson's work. I think he does his best when he integrates the illusion with a scene from nature.
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Artist paints 3D optical illusions on palm of his hand and they're scarily good

Artist paints 3D optical illusions on palm of his hand and they're scarily good | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
French visual artist Jordan Molina, 22, aka TutoDraw is known for his 3D artwork – he can make wild animals, Disney princesses and superheroes literally jump off the page.
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Could only see one photo of this guy's work but it was a beauty!
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DYNAMO: Galaxy S7 Everyday Illusions

Join DYNAMO as he unveils his latest illusions. The incredible magician has created a series of Everyday Illusions, all captured on the brand new SAMSUN
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Useful video on how to create perspective illusions using a smart phone. It does promote one smart phone in particular but it is still useful to show to students and others interested in creating illusions with their phones.
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Can You See a Hole in Your Hand?

Can You See a Hole in Your Hand? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
An InSIGHTful Science Project from Science Buddies
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Finally, an activity that can be done in the home!
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Quirky New Chalk Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor by David Zinn

Quirky New Chalk Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor by David Zinn | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Michigan illustrator David Zinn (previously) has brightened the streets of Ann Arbor with his off-the-wall (or technically on-the-wall) chalk drawings since 1987. The artist works with chalk or charcoal to create site-specific artworks that usually incorporate surrounding features like cracks, s
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Always a big fan of chalk art in 3D.

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The freakish optical illusion that shows how your brain sees faces

The freakish optical illusion that shows how your brain sees faces | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A 35-year-old optical illusion is still astounding people. And it all revolves around a rotated picture of Margaret Thatcher.

But, as with many optical illusions, the strange effect shows a lot about the way that the brain processes images.
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I didn't realise that this was first called the Margaret Thatcher illusion. How entirely appropriate!

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You can train your body into thinking it’s had medicine

You can train your body into thinking it’s had medicine | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Science of life
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Silly picture is irrelevant but the article is intriguing. It is a series of stories about using the placebo effect to increase immuno-suppression instead of taking huge amounts of toxic drugs. It's a bit of a slog to read through but interesting just the same.

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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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