The brain and illusions
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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Forer effect - The Skeptic's Dictionary - Skepdic.com

Forer effect - The Skeptic's Dictionary - Skepdic.com | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

The Forer effect refers to the tendency of people to rate sets of statements as highly accurate for them personally even though the statements could apply to many people.

Gerald Carey's insight:

Includes a paragraph summary of a person's personality that virtually anyone might describe as accurate - straight from the Astrology pages!  Useful if you want to show how much of Astrology is made up.

This is a reasonable discussion of the Forer effect and why people want to believe that the paragraph or astrology, palm reading, pychics are true for them.

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Astrology, the Forer Effect, and the Allure of Personal Feedback

Astrology, the Forer Effect, and the Allure of Personal Feedback | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
By: Christopher C. Duke, Ph.D.

You may have heard some of the recent discussions that the astrological zodiac is actually astronomically inaccurate. Because of shifts in the earth’s axis calle...
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Neuroskeptic: Psychology vs Astrology

Neuroskeptic: Psychology vs Astrology | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

A lovely study I just came across examined this question: Science Versus the Stars. The researchers took 52 college students and got them to complete a standard NEO personality questionnaire. They also had to state the date, time and place of their birth.

Three weeks later, the participants were then given two personality summaries - one based on the personality tests, and one on their astrological chart generated with a computer program.

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