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Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus

Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Your powers of attention: fooled!Attention is, by definition, limited. And that’s usually a good thing. If you’re searching for…
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Nice summary of the ways that our brain can alter our reality. Good mix of videos, photos and images.

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The visual capture illusion makes you believe ventriloquist dummies are alive

The visual capture illusion makes you believe ventriloquist dummies are alive | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We're constantly being told how terrible our hearing and sense of smell are, compared to other animals. Perhaps that's why we rely on our eyes.
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How the McGurk effect mixes up sights and sounds in the brain

How the McGurk effect mixes up sights and sounds in the brain | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The McGurk effect is a powerful illusion where our brains hear the wrong noise if they're presented with visual evidence that something else is being said.
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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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McGurk Effect Audio-Video Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions

McGurk Effect Audio-Video Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Now here is a great find, Dylan pointed out to me. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of the McGurk Effect before (I haven’t), but in short, it’s a perceptual phenomenon which demonstrates an interaction between hearing and vision in speech perception. In practice, this audio-video optical illusion effect may be experienced when a video of one phoneme’s production is dubbed with a sound-recording of a different phoneme being spoken.

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