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The Absolute Best Optical Illusions of 2012

The Absolute Best Optical Illusions of 2012 | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
2012 was a pretty epic year for visual trickery. We stared through telescopes, transfixed by Venus' cosmic trick of the light; gaped in disbelief at a Rubik's Cube that wasn't;
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Time-lapse Images of Nude Dancers Created with 10,000 Individual Photographs | Colossal

Time-lapse Images of Nude Dancers Created with 10,000 Individual Photographs | Colossal | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Despite what the title says, there is no visible nudity. However, there IS a fascinating use of mutliple images to create, well, this...

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Incredible Illusions & Science! (2012 Compilation)

Here's a collection of all the illusion and science videos I posted this year (2012)

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A nice summary of the amazing range of visual illusions created by the Brussup group. It's worth subscribing to their YouTube channel.

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Inversions

A series of word inverstions by Scott Kim.

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Some are a little lame but they might give you some ideas.

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Making Sense of the World, Several Senses at a Time: Scientific American

Making Sense of the World, Several Senses at a Time: Scientific American | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Sensory cross talk helps us navigate the world
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Good summary of some key ideas about the senses and the links between them.  It includes the McGurk effect, Beep Baseball, Echolocation, using your fingers to listen and Synthesia.

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How The Mind Really Works: 10 Counterintuitive Psychology Studies — PsyBlog

How The Mind Really Works: 10 Counterintuitive Psychology Studies — PsyBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Ten psychological findings that challenge our intuitive view of how our minds work.
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This includes topics such as: cognitive dissonance, the placebo effect, obedience, suppression, multi-tasking. A good summary of the latest research.

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How Fake Photos Are Messing With Our Perception of Reality

How Fake Photos Are Messing With Our Perception of Reality | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast back in October, the photograph above was widely circulated by people who believed that it showed the storm
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Just for clarity, the above photo is a real storm but putting it above New York is the fake part. Interesting article on how much we are influenced by fake photos. I tend to agree with some of the commenters in that I regard all photos with suspicion.

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Paintings and Photos Merge to Form Perplexing Illusions - My Modern Metropolis

Paintings and Photos Merge to Form Perplexing Illusions - My Modern Metropolis | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Multifaceted artist Gregory Scott combines painting and photography in his creative series titled Impositions. Similar to Ben Heine's Pencil Vs Camera, Scott…
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Grand Illusions - Optical Illusions - Work of Guido Daniele

Grand Illusions - Optical Illusions - Work of Guido Daniele | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Guido Daniele is an Italian multimedia artist and body painter. He has worked in many different media and has also worked for two years in India, when he attended the Tankas school in Dharamsala.
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Zurich Pizza Pavement Drawing | Mighty Optical Illusions

Zurich Pizza Pavement Drawing | Mighty Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Let’s see what Julian Beever has been up to lately. His latest drawing was done in Zurich, depicting a giant 3D pizza. Like it?
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Julian Beever is just brilliant.

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Juxtapoz Magazine - Ramon Bruin's Illustrative Illusions | Illustration

Juxtapoz Magazine - Ramon Bruin's Illustrative Illusions | Illustration | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Online version of the leading monthly contemporary and underground art bible, Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine, with featured articles, blogs, video, reader art, gallery guides, forums, and archives.
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Fabulous paper drawings by artist Ramon Bruin. If I could only draw snakes...

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20121201 21 北京 北京国际魔术大会实录:Yann Frisch(法国)《球》 in

Wild, wacky, intriguing and just weird.

How does he do it?

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Impossible 2D Drawings Made Possible... In 3D

Impossible 2D Drawings Made Possible... In 3D | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

We've all seen drawings of impossible objects like M.C. Escher's Penrose stairs and ascending and descending walkway. However, after seeing the optical illusions of mathematics researcher and professor Kokichi Sugihara, we hesitate to use the wordimpossible so lightly.

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A few nice videos of 3D objects doing 'impossible' things.

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Optical illusions

69 illusions and 10 chalk drawings

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Nice collection which makes it easy to select the type that you want if you want to display them.  Silly music though.

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Top 10 Illusions in 2012 - My Modern Metropolis

Top 10 Illusions in 2012 - My Modern Metropolis | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Just like in 2011, let's wrap up 2012 with some of the most mind-bending photos or artworks we came across this year. Though an illusion is defined in several different ways, we like it when it's described as something that distorts our senses or changes our perceived reality. From clever companies to creative street artists, these were the top works that really messed with our minds.

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Big number of incredible 3D street pictures...

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15 Amazing Architectural Optical Illusions - Eye Test Game online

15 Amazing Architectural Optical Illusions - Eye Test Game online | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

As architects struggle to balance aesthetic appeal with practical considerations, many are finding the best way to create bold, interesting, even mind-bending features is through the use of optical illusions. In effect, our own eyes are being used against us – and nobody’s complaining about the results!...

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eyetestgame.com has a range of interesting illusions. Note: it might be worth scanning them first before you let students loose on the site!

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These 3D Paper Illusions Will Do Your Head In

These 3D Paper Illusions Will Do Your Head In | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Everyone likes a good illusion. Myself, I’m a sucker for card tricks, but I’ll settle for some old-fashioned sleight of hand with a camera...
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Berndnaut - cloud in a room

Berndnaut - cloud in a room | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Despite what it looks like, this is a real 'cloud' inside a room by Dutch artist Bernd Naut.

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Neuroskeptic: Should You Judge A Book (Woman) By The Cover?

Neuroskeptic: Should You Judge A Book (Woman) By The Cover? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
"Do physically attractive women possess particularly attractive inner attributes?"

So ask the authors of a study just out in Psychological Science: Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover, Revisited. Their answer? People do tend to judge (female) books by their covers, but we shouldn't.
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Memories May Skew Visual Perception

Memories May Skew Visual Perception | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Taking a trip down memory lane while you are driving could land you in a roadside ditch, new research indicates. Vanderbilt University psychologists have found that our visual perception can be contaminated by memories of what we have recently seen, impairing our ability to properly understand and act on what we are currently seeing
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This is the first article that I have seen from this blog so I don't know how authoritative it is.  However, it has introduced an interesting effect to me called 'motion repulsion' so it was worth a read.

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An Eyeful of Natural Selection

An Eyeful of Natural Selection | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
You are looking at the hind end  [see correction below] of various rainforest caterpillars.  But if you thought for just a moment that you were looking at snakes or lizards, well, so do a lot of pr...
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Illusions are even important in the animal kingdom!

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» The Fear of Making Mistakes and Interesting Insights on Being Wrong - World of Psychology

» The Fear of Making Mistakes and Interesting Insights on Being Wrong - World of Psychology | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
My whole life I’ve been terrified of making mistakes. When I was giving a talk about Germany in my sixth grade class and the teacher asked me who the
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Some interesting insights into the illusions we create about ourselves and our 'mistakes'. Alina Tugend has written a book about it (Better By Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong.)

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10 Questions To Distinguish Real From Fake Science - Forbes

10 Questions To Distinguish Real From Fake Science - Forbes | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

"Pseudosciences are usually pretty easily identified by their emphasis on confirmation over refutation, on physically impossible claims, and on terms charged with emotion or false "sciencey-ness," which is kind of like "truthiness" minus Stephen Colbert"

[10 ways to tell fake science from the real thing]

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