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Psychic healers may have synesthesia « Psychology Blog

Psychic healers may have synesthesia « Psychology Blog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Synesthesia describes the experience that some people have, where the stimulation of one sense results in other senses being stimulated. For example words take on different colours and may create a sensation of certain smells. A recent study by Milán et al. (2012) found that many psychic healers who claim to see the aura of their patients are actually synesthetes.

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3D Technology: The Illusions of Motion Picture, Articles | THISDAY LIVE

3D Technology: The Illusions of Motion Picture, Articles | THISDAY LIVE | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Naturally human eyes and brain create an impression of a third dimension, which is borne from the 50 mm to 75 mm nasal gap between the eyes. This apparently makes each eye sees a slightly different part of any object in focus, thereby producing quiet similar but slightly offset image.

This phenomenon also results in unnoticed blurring of images due to the disparity produced when these two slightly different images enter the brain.

However, 3D or stereoscopy (as it also called) is a photographic effect designed to feed individual eyes with different perspectives of the same image thus enhancing it illusion and depth of perception. No doubt, 3D picture is absolutely clear and crispy.

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Podcast: Science and comedy collide at the Festival of the Spoken Nerd

Podcast: Science and comedy collide at the Festival of the Spoken Nerd | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Science-themed comedy is all the rage.We meet the trio behind Festival of the Spoken Nerd, a touring variety show with an educational mission...

About 8 minutes into the podcast, one of the comedians plays an example of an aural illusion. 

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Brit Knits: An Amazing Queen Stamp from the Illusion Knitters!

Brit Knits: An Amazing Queen Stamp from the Illusion Knitters! | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
They've done it again! Steve Plummer and Pat Ashforth have created another amazing work of art with illusion knitting.
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Seven Mental Illusions that Influence Our Everyday Thinking | SMART Living 365

Seven Mental Illusions that Influence Our Everyday Thinking | SMART Living 365 | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Every day we all jump to conclusions, stereotype and believe our mental illusions regardless of whether they are true. Learn to recognize them now!
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Pilot who crashed two years likely had a visual illusion

Pilot who crashed two years likely had a visual illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Investigators say the pilot of a water bomber that crashed near Lytton faced depth perception problems, which could be what sent the plane into a downward spin. The pilot and co-pilot were killed.
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Are Your Plates Making You Fat? - Los Angeles Restaurants and Dining - Squid Ink

Are Your Plates Making You Fat? - Los Angeles Restaurants and Dining - Squid Ink | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Can the color of your plates make you eat more or less food? Yes, according to new research done...
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What Gorillas are You Missing? - Forbes

What Gorillas are You Missing? - Forbes | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Remember the famous “gorilla” experiment?
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On blind spots in our culture and creating changes | Shaping Media | Pedagogical Media Theory

On blind spots in our culture and creating changes | Shaping Media | Pedagogical Media Theory | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Examples of making our everyday life blind spots more conscioous to us, regarding in how to behave in social public spaces by creating positive chaos (flashmobs). These are examples of overcoming the invisible and oppressing “musts” for conformity that at the end of the day not only keeps everything in order, safe, but also limits people´s ability to feel free and to express themselves.

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Sporting superstitions: Why do we have them?

Sporting superstitions: Why do we have them? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
How psychology experiments on hungry pigeons can explain sports champions' (and our) curious habits and rituals.
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Vaughan Bell: the truth about lie detectors

Vaughan Bell: the truth about lie detectors | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
'Lie detectors' are highly fallible, yet suspects are more likely to tell the truth when wired up to them.
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A Judge’s Mind or 5 Cognitive Illusions of Judges | Associate's Mind

A Judge’s Mind or 5 Cognitive Illusions of Judges | Associate's Mind | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
  I recently got around to reading a whopper of an old law review article that I had been wanting to read for awhile entitled, “Inside the Judicial Mind.” From ...
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Tupac "hologram" merely pretty cool optical illusion

Tupac "hologram" merely pretty cool optical illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg performed with a "hologram" of Tupac at Coachella this weekend, only the hologram was actually an optical illusion called Pepper's Ghost.
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30 Unbelievably Scary Illusions - SloDive

30 Unbelievably Scary Illusions - SloDive | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Scary illusions are also a part of the scare spectacle produced with tricky techniques and art. Scary objects and pictures bring out the dark, wild fascinations and thoughts we harbor inside.
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The Munker Illusion destroys your faith in color

The Munker Illusion destroys your faith in color | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It's no secret that putting various colors together makes them look different. Put off-white next to black, and it looks completely bright.
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Behavioural Economics — Slaw

Behavioural Economics — Slaw | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
What is behavioral economics? Behaviorial economics studies the effects of insights from psychology on economic decisions.
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An Optical Illusion that Explains the Origins of Imaginary Monsters

An Optical Illusion that Explains the Origins of Imaginary Monsters | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It seems that the brain, in specific situations, literally gets bored and starts scaring you. The easiest way to prove this is to perform the simple experiment of looking steadily into a mirror, for a few minutes at a time.
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Under-the-radar job growth - Chicago Sun-Times

Under-the-radar job growth - Chicago Sun-Times | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Three Chicago-area science and technology whizzes are busy learning their trades in fast-growing careers.
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25 Astonishing Cool Illusions - SloDive

25 Astonishing Cool Illusions - SloDive | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Cool Illusions. When we get caught believing what we see, we also fall prey to falsehoods and this is what illusions do to us.
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How the miracle dress cut A-listers right down to size

How the miracle dress cut A-listers right down to size | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Stella McCartney's 'Miracle' has celebs breaking the laws of fashion, writes Deirdre Reynolds...
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How Your Eyes Deceive You - Health News - redOrbit

How Your Eyes Deceive You - Health News - redOrbit | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
People rely on their eyes for most things they do – yet the information provided by our visual sensing system is often distorted, unreliable and subject to illusion.
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Use the Psychology of Focus to Get More Done

Use the Psychology of Focus to Get More Done | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Beware the Illusion of Multitasking Have you ever had one of those days when you felt like you achieved a lot of things, but when you thought about it before a good night’s sleep, you found you’ve actually achieved nothing?
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How optical illusions trick the brain | COSMOS magazine

How optical illusions trick the brain | COSMOS magazine | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

SYDNEY: New research throws light on the tricks the brain plays on its owner as it struggles to make sense of the visual and other sensory signals it constantly receives.

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Proprioception: Perception & Life Science Activity | Exploratorium Science Snacks

Proprioception: Perception & Life Science Activity | Exploratorium Science Snacks | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Even with our eyes closed, we have a sense of body position - where our arms and legs are, for example, and that we are moving them. Muscles, tendons, joints and the inner ear contain proprioceptors, also known as stretch receptors, which relay positional information to our brains. Our brains then analyze this information and provide us with a sense of body orientation and movement.

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Powerful, hidden mental biases in our decisions  - Magazine |theeastafrican.co.ke

Powerful, hidden mental biases in our decisions  - Magazine |theeastafrican.co.ke | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Which is more likely: Death from an accident or from a stroke? Most people will answer that one is more likely to die from an accident than from a stroke.
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