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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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The optimism bias

The optimism bias | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
For all of life's flintier times, overall we're a bubbly bunch. In fact, neuroscience and social science suggest we're more optimistic than realistic.
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A little fluffy. Go to the original sources e.g. Harvard and draw your own conclusions.

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Why scientists say simple cup-and-ball is the best magic trick of all

Why scientists say simple cup-and-ball is the best magic trick of all | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Scientists analysing how magicians Penn & Teller perform one of the oldest known illusions now reveal some aspects are more effective at manipulating audiences than the magicians predicted.
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An explanation of how the cup and ball trick works.

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“Inattentional Blindness” Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions

“Inattentional Blindness” Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Here's an interesting study that was performed recently on a group of 24 qualified radiologists. Each was given a series of CT scans showing diseased lungs and
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I would suggest that you read the article first before looking for the...well, read the article.  Nice use of illusions to illustrate a point to a group of professionals.

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This Is Only Red

START THE LEANBACK: http://bit.ly/VvTZJH OTHER Land Effect example images: http://bit.ly/W2fNbT and http://bit.ly/UmNQxC United Nuclear: http://bit.ly/47isAD...
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Go past the first bit of information on to an explanation of the photo. Very interesting brain illusion.

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Brain Tricks - This Is How Your Brain Works

Get the book: http://amzn.to/U2MRGI TWEET VIDEO - http://clicktotweet.com/SIfb3 Ever wonder how your brain processes information? These brain tricks and illu...
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A Summary of the book, "Thinking fast and slow".

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CogFit-Quest's curator insight, February 21, 2013 6:08 PM

Fascinating 5 minute video about fast and slow thinking!

 

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Sunset Marilyn Optical Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions

Sunset Marilyn Optical Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

"Last time we featured Gianni Sarcone's work it was something very similar with today's illusion. Squinting your eyes should do the trick. Can you see the hidden girl?"

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Squint!

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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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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 8, 2013 12:05 PM

you should read this, but you are free to ignore and read soemthing else.

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20 Optical Illusions That Might Break Your Mind

20 Optical Illusions That Might Break Your Mind | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Viewer discretion advised! Do not scroll down unless your brain is made of steel and your nerves are Teflon. Some people simply cannot stand optical i...
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I post not because of the above illusion but mainly because of the first illusion in this list. It is an animated gif and is quite amusing.

The rest really are a repeat of previous lists - Gizmodo are just catching up!

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The Truth About Bottled Water

Latest Update about this issue: http://www.crestonnewsadvertiser.com/articles/ara/2011/02/11/8047220406/index.xml - 2/11/11 article **UPDATE: the label on Aq...
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Watch the language in the video and the comments...

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The Moon Illusion

The Moon Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We have record of people noticing that the Moon looks larger at the horizon than directly overhead dating as far back as 4 BC, but I have a feeling that people have noticed it for as long as people...
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We don't quite know why this works but there are some activities to try on the page,

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AMAZING OPTICAL ILLUSIONS - HD

ALL CREDITS ARE LISTED BELOW...WITH LINKS Illusions by Brusspup http://www.youtube.com/user/brusspup Song: Taken On A Hallows Eve by Dhruva Aliman http://www...
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Nice collection of illusion videos. Some have been seen before but it was good to see them as a collection.

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Clever Conceptual Photographs of Fruits and Vegetables

Clever Conceptual Photographs of Fruits and Vegetables | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Strange Fruits is a series of clever conceptual photographs by German photographer Sarah Illenberger. Each photo shows a common fruit or vegetable that
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Fruit and veg stuff.

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The Language of Illusion - Horizon - BBC

In a simple experiment, Dr Gustav Kuhn of Brunel University shows us the difference between what we actually see and what we think we've seen during a simple...
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Some of the science behind the magic.

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The limbic system, the cognitive mind and the user illusion that misleads

User illusion - no, it's not that Guns N' Roses album - is what fools us into thinking we know why we make the decisions we make.
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In order that we might understand why humans make the decisions they do, we need to understand the important influence of the limbic system.

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Wobbly Bobbly Illusion

Wobbly Bobbly Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Click on the link and look for the Start/Stop button near the bottom left of the screen.  Be prepared to be Bobbled!

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Colour Mixing: The Mystery of Magenta

Why doesn't magenta appear in the rainbow? The answer lies not in physics but in biology. Science presenter Steve Mould demonstrates the strange phenomenon o...
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Whaaaat? No Magenta!

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The Situational Source of Illusions

The Situational Source of Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
From National Geographic's Brain Games: Interactive experiments, illusions, and mind tricks reveal the inner workings of the ultimate supercomputer—the human brain. Review many more Situationist po...
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Delusions of the Brain is four parts.

It's from National Geographic so I can't vouch for it's veracity.

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Patakk

Patakk | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
originals >>>
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Ummm. Not sure I can describe this adequately.  This is a series of animated gifs on a variety of topics. Just look at it...it gets a bit weird near the end.

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A memory of shifting sands

A memory of shifting sands | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The New York Review of Books has a reflective piece by Oliver Sacks on the swirling mists of memory and how false recall has affected authors and artists throughout history. [Science] is startling ...
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Oliver Sacks is worth reading if you can ahold of one of his books.

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Gerald Carey's comment, February 9, 2013 6:40 AM
Here is the original Sack's article: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/feb/21/speak-memory/?pagination=false
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Where's The Octopus?

Where's The Octopus? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
When marine biologist Roger Hanlon captured the first scene in this video he started screaming.
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Octopi - masters of illusion.

You won't scream but you will be surprised!

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Marvelous Muralist Makes Giant-Sized Street Art Illusions | WebUrbanist

Marvelous Muralist Makes Giant-Sized Street Art Illusions | WebUrbanist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Madrid-based street artist Sam3 creates massive murals covering entire multi-story buildings in cities like Vienna, Valencia, Quito, Berlin and Atlanta.
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Nice murals.

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New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson | Colossal

New Quilled Paper Anatomy by Lisa Nilsson | Colossal | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Look at this picture closely. What an incredible amount of work!

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The art of anamorphic illusions: the 10 most talented artists of the world - Blog of Francesco Mugnai

The art of anamorphic illusions: the 10 most talented artists of the world - Blog of Francesco Mugnai | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
10 talented artists, masters of the incredible art of anamorphic illusions that will make you look twice
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Some repeats but some terrific new illusions.

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Kinda Busy Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions

Kinda Busy Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
This beautiful and effective animated illusion was sent to me the other day by Mark Grenier, our loyal fan and illusion enthusiast. I love it so much when you
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Oh my head...

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Dissolving Figurative Sculptures by Unmask | Colossal

Dissolving Figurative Sculptures by Unmask | Colossal | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

These figurative human and equine sculptures are by a trio of Beijing-based artists who go by the name Unmask Group. Liu Zhan, Kuang Jun and Tan Tianwei met while at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and have been producing sculptural work together since 2001. These seemingly incomplete stainless steel works show figures in a state of dissolution or perhaps just the opposite, emergence

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Sigh...I wish I was this creative!

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