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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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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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Can you see colour in this black and white video? The science of optical illusions

Can you see colour in this black and white video? The science of optical illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Watch this amazing optical illusion, find out why some people see colours where they don't exist, and understand why everyone was so divided over the colour of The Dress
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A couple of interesting videos about colour afterimage and a neat summarising explanation make this article worth a look.

And the 'dress' is back!

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Drawing a Spiral Pattern Hole - Anamorphic Illusion

Drawing a spiral pattern hole, anamorphic optical illusion, 3D trick art Inspired by the hole in the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Materials used:...
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Simple instructions on creating the appearance of a hole in paper.

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Believing What You Don’t Believe

Believing What You Don’t Believe | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Sometimes, you’re certain of something you know isn’t true.
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An explanation of why we persist with superstitious rituals even though we know they cannot possibly have any effect on an outcome. 

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What Happens to the Brain During Cognitive Dissonance?

What Happens to the Brain During Cognitive Dissonance? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Cognitive dissonance is that uncomfortable feeling you get when you try to maintain two or more inconsistent beliefs at the same time or when you believe one thing but act in a contradictory way

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I've always thought that cognitive dissonance is holding onto a belief despite overwhelming contradictory evidence.  This article is worth a read because it outlines some of the basic neuroscience behind the condition.

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Phantosmia, the brain condition that makes your nose hallucinate

Phantosmia, the brain condition that makes your nose hallucinate | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
When a skateboarding accident left Serge Negus with no sense of smell, he shrugged it off. But then he began to experience olfactory hallucinations, or phantom smells. He describes what it is like to live with phantosmia, a rare neurological condition.
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A personal story about this experience. It includes an audio clip of the segment from the Science Show.

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The Social-Network Illusion That Tricks Your Mind | MIT Technology Review

The Social-Network Illusion That Tricks Your Mind | MIT Technology Review | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

somNetwork scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare.

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An interesting explanation for why some memes and ideas get spread quickly and others don't. Find the well-connected, early adopters in your friendship group!

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How Come Some People Believe in the Paranormal?

How Come Some People Believe in the Paranormal? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

A Those who favor Bigfoot, UFOs and ghosts share a thinking style

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A pretty thorough summary of the current thinking about why people are vulnerable to magical thinking.  Lots of case studies and examples although some generalisations were made with little empirical evidence.

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What Kind Of Optical Perception Do You Have?

What Kind Of Optical Perception Do You Have? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
What do you REALLY see? Based on these tantalizing optical illusions, let's discover what type of optical perception you have!
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Firstly, this will NOT tell you what sort of optical perception (whatever that means!) you have.

However, it shows a good range of paintings that are illusions and it is fun to see which of the two options you see first - though, you need to be honest!

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Why The World Isn’t As It Seems - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Why The World Isn’t As It Seems - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Take a close look at the floor tiles in the scene below. First, focus your attention on the tile directly below the potted plant,…
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Explanations about our perceptions of light and dark objects. It's a blog but at least he consults with neuroscientists.  Nice picture.

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Weird perspective of a painting found in Windsor, England - YouTube

Found at Gallery at Ice in Windsor, UK www.thegalleryatice.co.uk painted by Brian Weavers, http://www.brianweavers.co.uk/
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Keep an eye on the video up until the end.

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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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These beautiful but strange images will mess with your mind

These beautiful but strange images will mess with your mind | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
No need for LSD, just check these out.
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I think the post writer was on LSD when he/she created this page. No need to write rubbish. Robert Gonsalve's work speaks for itself.

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The Illusion of Taste

The Illusion of Taste | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
How packaging can make food more flavorful.
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This lengthy article is an excellent introduction into how food container shapes and colours can affect how the food tastes. It includes information on potato chips, chocolate and Coke.  It reviews the work of Charles Spence, a professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University.

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Web of illusion: how the internet affects our confidence in what we know

Web of illusion: how the internet affects our confidence in what we know | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The internet can give us the illusion of knowledge, making us think we are smarter than we really are. Fortunately, there may be a cure for our arrogance, writes psychologist Tom Stafford. The inte...
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A review of research about how access to the internet can give us extra confidence about our knowledge in general.

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Gamblers, Scientists and the Mysterious Hot Hand

Gamblers, Scientists and the Mysterious Hot Hand | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
New research shows how we can be fooled by our instinctive belief in patterns.
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A brief overview of the Gambler's Fallacy.

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MC Escher's incredible optical illusions go on display in London

MC Escher's incredible optical illusions go on display in London | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The enigmatic Dutch draftman's gravity-defying work will baffle a new generation of admirers as more than 100 pictures go on display at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.
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From the master! A series of sketches by Escher with some explanations by the author.

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Optical Illusion Art By James Hopkins | Londonist

Optical Illusion Art By James Hopkins | Londonist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Mind bending fun: engaging and accessible.
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Mirror illusions

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Amazing Water Trick DEBUNK - YouTube

ThinHelp make more videos like this and see behind-the-scenes extras: patreon.com/CaptainDisillusion As Captain Disillusion attempts to deconstruct a classic vir...

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This is getting very tricky. Captain Disillusion deconstructs this very elaborate video illusion. Unless you know this stuff, it is going to be hard to pick it.

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Warning: This could turn your world upside-down

Warning: This could turn your world upside-down | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Rarely is a clip so sick it actually makes you feel sick, but that’s Jason Paul’s Running Illusions.
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Show the work involved in making simple optical illusions using video and live action.

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How Do Optical Illusions Work? | Inside Science

How Do Optical Illusions Work? | Inside Science | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It's really just your brain taking a shortcut.
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I really like how this video introduces the topic of illusions by showing two parallel straight lines and then performing several illusions using the lines as a base.

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