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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Optical Illusions That Make Street Signs 'Invisible'

Optical Illusions That Make Street Signs 'Invisible' | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
This is quite an elaborate way to avoid parking tickets.

Los Angeles artist Cayetano Ferrer likes to hide things in plain sight. Street signs, for example: Using photos depicting hyper-realistic city scenes, he can transform a "No Parking" notice into an patch of thin air – quite a handy talent if somebody wants to avoid parking tickets.

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Unfinished Sketches Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions

Unfinished Sketches Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
One might easily mistake below objects for half-finished sketches of candle holders, vases, bowls and bottles.
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The Moon Illusion

TWEET IT - http://clicktotweet.com/32_iT "Look how big the moon is!" you've shouted before. But what if I told you that the moon never really changes size, and it's simply your brain playing a trick? Find out what The Moon Illusion is, and why it happens!

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Spooky Science: Make a Ghostly Illusion: Scientific American

Spooky Science: Make a Ghostly Illusion: Scientific American | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A visual Halloween trick from Scientific American...
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BPS Research Digest: Finding your way back from the toilet in the dark, and other lessons...

BPS Research Digest: Finding your way back from the toilet in the dark, and other lessons... | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

The nation's psychology teachers had a noticeable spring in their step last week after cognitive neuroscientist and Mind Hacks author Dr Tom Stafford of the University of Sheffield showed them the power of interactive demonstration. The Research Digest was lucky enough to be in the audience.

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Illusions theme - Microsoft Windows

Illusions theme - Microsoft Windows | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Impossible summerscapes and M.C. Escher-style illusions. A free Windows theme.
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The Most Amazing Optical Illusions (and How They Work)

The Most Amazing Optical Illusions (and How They Work) | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Optical illusions harness the shift between what your eyes see and your brain perceives. Here are some great ones, with explanations.
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Zip it! Incredible illusions by Japanese make-up artist who employs humans as canvases

Zip it! Incredible illusions by Japanese make-up artist who employs humans as canvases | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
EVER feel like you want to shed your skin? Student Chooo-San has created a stunning work that makes it seem as if her model's skin is zipped on.
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Illusions Reign Supreme on Halloween: Scientific American

Illusions Reign Supreme on Halloween: Scientific American | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Spooky illusions trick and treat your brain...
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How the Power of Expectations Can Allow You to ‘Bend Reality’: Scientific American

How the Power of Expectations Can Allow You to ‘Bend Reality’: Scientific American | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Chris Berdik, a science journalist and former staff editor at The Atlantic, begins with a simple premise: expectations matter. The notion is well-known in medicine, where doctors have known the power of the “placebo effect” for a long time. But it turns out that this same psychological machinery holds sway in many realms, that what we bring to a situation can, in some sense, bend reality.

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Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists: Breaking the (ecological) law: why illusory sounds don't make for safer cars

Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists: Breaking the (ecological) law: why illusory sounds don't make for safer cars | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

"Electric cars are great for the environment, but they come with a problem - they're too quiet, and this makes them dangerous to pedestrians used to the loud noises of the internal combustion engine. One idea is to add noise to the cars, and Mark Changizi recently wondered whether perceptual psychologists could help design a better sound, using an illusion. I don't think it would work, and the reason is a nice example of why it's important to understand the relationship between the world and perceptual information about the world."

[A follow up to a previous post about adding the illusion of sound to the almost silent electric car. This excellent post describes in some detail why it won't work. - GC]

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Stunning optical illusions of landscapes

Stunning optical illusions of landscapes | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
IT'S a relatively simple idea - set up a mirror so you can capture the reflection of a dramatic landscape in a single photograph.
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Synaesthesia and savant syndrome: are we all superhuman? - Science Omega

Synaesthesia and savant syndrome: are we all superhuman? - Science Omega | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Professor Berit Brogaard and Kristian Marlow from the St Louis Synesthesia Lab share their expertise on this fascinating condition and how it informs our perception of perception...
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Why Deja vu Can Create an Illusion of Precognition

Why Deja vu Can Create an Illusion of Precognition | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Been here before: Can an unrecalled memory produce a sense of what is to come?
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Spot the Artist! Liu Bolin’s Vanishing Act (Photos)

Spot the Artist! Liu Bolin’s Vanishing Act (Photos) | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
One of China’s most famous artists, Liu Bolin, literally disappears into his work.
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BPS Research Digest: Paranormal believers and religious people are more prone to seeing faces that aren't really there

BPS Research Digest: Paranormal believers and religious people are more prone to seeing faces that aren't really there | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

"Our brains are so adept at detecting faces that we often see them in random patterns, such as clouds or the gnarled bark of a tree. Occasionally one of these illusory faces comes along that resembles a celebrity and the story ends up in the news - like when Michael Jackson's face appeared on the surface of a piece of toast. A new study asks whether some people are more prone than others to perceiving these illusory faces."

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I see what you're saying: How some visualize sound

By Charles Choi, LiveScience Some people may actually see sounds, say researchers who found this odd ability is possible when the parts of the brain devoted to vision are small.
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10 Creative Illusions Interior Decorators Use In Small Spaces

10 Creative Illusions Interior Decorators Use In Small Spaces | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Small spaces can be a challenge to decorate.
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Seeing Through the Illusions of the Sports Hero

Seeing Through the Illusions of the Sports Hero | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
In light of the dramatic falls of Michael Vick, Barry Bonds, Tiger Woods and now Lance Armstrong, we need to either recalibrate our definition of the sports hero or scrap it altogether.
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Sam LaPaille's curator insight, November 4, 2014 10:30 PM

This is a very interesting article about how we view athletes as heros, and how unfortunately often they turn out to be someone we thought they weren't. This is obviously most prevalent with Tiger Woods, who arguably ruined his entire career because of his off-the-course indiscretions.  

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The Uninvisible Art of Amazing Urban Camouflage | WebUrbanist

The Uninvisible Art of Amazing Urban Camouflage | WebUrbanist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Camouflage isn't just for natural environments - it can be used surprisingly effectively in urban surroundings as well.
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Step Into an Optical Illusion

Step Into an Optical Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
In Demon Hill, the rules of gravity don't apply as you expect them to. Down is not down, exactly.

[Don't watch this if you suffer from nausea! - GC]

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How to be a magician

How to be a magician | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
So much of magic is about misdirection, and there's a related psychological term, "Inattentional blindness", which basically means people not noticing things because their attention is on something...

[Just in case you haven't seen the very famous video about selective attention - here it is again!  However, there is another test of your ability to be attentive - try the second video - GC]

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