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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Guess a person's age from their voice - Embedded code - New Scientist

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A nice aural test for once. 

Very difficult.

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After This Audio Illusion, You'll Never Trust Your Ears Again

After This Audio Illusion, You'll Never Trust Your Ears Again | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It might be a little too early in the morning to have your mind blown, but this audio illusion is worth your time because it demonstrates your brain's uncanny ability to use new information to help process something that is otherwise incomprehensible.
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Really good aural illusion. Silly headline.

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The science of audio illusions, or fooling people's ears

The science of audio illusions, or fooling people's ears | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Diana Deutsch is a professor of psychology at the University of San Diego, and a master at manipulating people's ears. While researching quirks in the way humans hear things, she has invented many auditory illusions. Here are some of the weirdest, and why they work.
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A good couple of example videos showing that rarely published phenomenon of aural illusions.

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Your Brain on Sound: Aural Illusions, MP3, and Psychoacoustics - by Jack Moffitt

Listen to Jack Moffitt reveal how the brain hears sound and how what you think you hear isn't always what's really there. A presentation of Ignite New Mexico 5!
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Amazing optical illusion or "glitch in the Matrix"? - The Feed Blog - CBS News

Amazing optical illusion or "glitch in the Matrix"? - The Feed Blog - CBS News | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
YouTube video that shows the use of sound give the appearance of manipulating water's flow Read more by William Goodman on CBS News' The Feed Blog.
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This Musical Illusion Will Make You Question Your Own Ears

This Musical Illusion Will Make You Question Your Own Ears | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We're used to illusions being optical. These visual tricks are designed by magicians and masters of the craft to leave us questioning our own eyes. But it's quite another thing to be left questioning our ears.

Give the video below a listen, and th...
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Another example of the Shepard tone or the 'sonic barber pole' illusion.

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Can You Trust Your Ears? (Audio Illusions) - YouTube

Should you believe your ears and the things they hear? Can Music Save Your Life Video: http://bit.ly/1hC62NR SUBSCRIBE! http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 ---Links To Fol...
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Finally some aural illusions

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CogFit-Quest's curator insight, June 3, 2014 6:51 PM

Interesting how our brains don't give us all the same audio signals!

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The Illusion That Makes It Sound Like a Pitch Is Constantly Rising

The Illusion That Makes It Sound Like a Pitch Is Constantly Rising | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Discovered by the same people who brought you the modern computer
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I do like the picture above but this article is about aural illusions including the shepherd scale.  It includes some nice videos and explanations of the phenomena.

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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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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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