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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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A visual illusion — Marginal Revolution

A visual illusion — Marginal Revolution | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
If it is this easy to be mistaken about simple things it must be much easier to be mistaken about difficult things. From Geekolinks.
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Ambigrams - Topsy-turvy Art - Puzzle Index

Ambigrams - Topsy-turvy Art - Puzzle Index | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Ambigrams are words or images which can be viewed back-to-front, upside down and/or in a mirror. Here is some match box cover art which employs this whimsical topsy-turvy technique.
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Cognitive Biases and Being a Fallible Human in Technology — My EtherealMind

Cognitive Biases and Being a Fallible Human in Technology — My EtherealMind | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

While there are many biases here is a shorter (and incomplete) list decision making biases that I try to account for:

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The Impossible Geometry of Jos Leys | An Optical Illusion

The Impossible Geometry of Jos Leys | An Optical Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Jos Leys created the following impossible pattern taking inspiration from both Oscar Reutersvärd and M.C.

An example of a range of optical illusions from the site called 'anopticalillusion'.

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eChalk: optical illusions

Browse our online educational games, classroom resources and lesson activities for interactive whiteboards and data projectors.

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HUH. - Visual Illusions by Blommers Schumm for Dove

HUH. - Visual Illusions by Blommers Schumm for Dove | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Dutch photography duo Blommers Schumm (Anuschka Blommers & Niels Schumm) have created a rather clever new campaign for beauty products brand Dove.
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‘Diet Goggles’: A New Weight-Loss Trick?

‘Diet Goggles’: A New Weight-Loss Trick? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
If diets are all about tricks, then a Japanese researcher has cooked up a heavy deception. Here’s a hint: his specialty is virtual reality.
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Visual illusions | Macknik Lab

Visual illusions | Macknik Lab | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Visual illusions including: unfilled flicker, standing wave of invisibility, the dichoptic standing wave and the Stoper-Mansfield effect. These are flash-based, interactives.

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Stunning 3D Illusions Street Art | Gallery

Stunning 3D Illusions Street Art | Gallery | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Everyone loves 3D illusions right? Well how about 3D illusions in street art form. These absolutely stunning pieces of street art are all made for real, no photoshop work or anything, just some real hard work and standing at the right angle to get the real effect

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Studying the Brain Can Help Us Understand Our Unscientific Beliefs

Studying the Brain Can Help Us Understand Our Unscientific Beliefs | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Last week, Gallup announced the results of their latest survey on Americans and evolution. The numbers were a stark blow to high-school science teachers everywhere: forty-six per cent of adults said they believed that “God created humans in their...
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5 amazing phone illusions that will blow your mind

5 amazing phone illusions that will blow your mind | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We’re happy to see that over the years, real magicians have started to use smartphones to create and enhance a variety of mind-blowing illusions.
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Don’t Look Now But You’re Being Watched | Symbiartic, Scientific American Blog Network

Don’t Look Now But You’re Being Watched | Symbiartic, Scientific American Blog Network | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

If you've ever felt like that crusty old oil portrait is watching you as you move about the room, you may not be totally off yer rocker.

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CARPE DIEM: Amazing Illusion; One of the Best Ever

CARPE DIEM: Amazing Illusion; One of the Best Ever | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

The two birds in the image above are identical. Not just in size and shape, but in color too. Don't believe it? Check out the same image with the background removed (http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/brain-teasers/optical-illusion-17/1412563/2)

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BPS Research Digest: The Alien awakened by a rubber hand

BPS Research Digest: The Alien awakened by a rubber hand | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

What happens if you administer a tactile illusion to a brain-damaged patient whose hand is out of their control?

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A Simple Illusion that Completely Screws Up Your Sense of Space

A Simple Illusion that Completely Screws Up Your Sense of Space | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The Café Wall Illusion is so simple, it's also called the Kindergarten Illusion. It's a combination of color, line, and tiling, and it completely screws up people's spatial reasoning.
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Amazing optical illusion has a dragon's head follow you - The Feed Blog - CBS News

YouTube video demonstrating the "Hollow-Face illusion" using a paper dragon Read more by William Goodman on CBS News' The Feed Blog.
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Transparent Screen Illusions Episode 2: First Image Tutorial

If you have any suggestions for how I could create this effect easier or more efficiently, please leave a comment with your suggestion.
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Shady Optical Illusion 2: Crazy Diamonds

Watch what happens with these diamonds (no camera tricks or special effects used here...just an unbelievable optical illusion). 

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How Optical Illusions Can Trick Your Appetite

How Optical Illusions Can Trick Your Appetite | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

On a smaller plate, this meal would look larger — and feel more filling.

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Size Illusions Trick the Brain: Scientific American

Size Illusions Trick the Brain: Scientific American | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Does size matter?To your brain, it doesn't...
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Lego Star Wars, MC Escher Illusion | Geeky Gadgets

Lego Star Wars, MC Escher Illusion | Geeky Gadgets | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Lego modeller Paul Vermeesch has created a fantastic Lego Star Wars version of the famous, M.C.Escher’s 1953 lithograph “Relativity“.
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The power of suggestion: What we expect influences our behavior, for better or worse

The power of suggestion: What we expect influences our behavior, for better or worse | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A lucky rabbit foot. A glass of wine. A pill. What do these things all have in common? Their effects -- whether we do well on a test, whether we mingle at the cocktail party, whether we feel better -- all depend on the power of suggestion.
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Our Rose-Tinted Spectacles: Good or Bad? | Psychology Today

Our Rose-Tinted Spectacles: Good or Bad? | Psychology Today | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Most people see themselves in a much more positive light than others do them, and possess an unduly rose-tinted perspective on their attributes, circumstances, and possibilities.

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