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Common Science Myths That Most People Believe

Common Science Myths That Most People Believe | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
There are a number of old wives’ tales out there regarding some basic scientific principles. Though most of them were refuted years ago, these rumors just won’t go away. Here are some of the top myths floating around out there that just aren’t true: We only use 10% of our brains.
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They are all here but worth repeating.

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Educated black men remembered as 'whiter'

Educated black men remembered as 'whiter' | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A new study finds that instead of breaking stereotypes, intellectually successful black individuals may be susceptible to being remembered as "whiter" and therefore "exceptions to their race," perpetuating cultural beliefs about race and...
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I always feel bad when I read articles like this. They remind me, again and again, that I have a lot of internal biases and stereotypes in my head, and that I am unaware of most of them.  Looking forward to finding a way of meeting new people without the gender and race baggage that I carry...

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Mirror-gazing illusion more intense in schizophrenia

Patients with schizophrenia report more intense perceptual illusions during the mirror-gazing task than do mentally healthy people, report researchers who also found that the patients were more likely to believe their illusions were real.

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Editor's Note: Is It Foolish to Fool Yourself? | Security Management

Editor's Note: Is It Foolish to Fool Yourself? | Security Management | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Psychologist Daniel Kahneman has written a book about how cognitive illusions blind us to reason. He notes that telling Wall Street traders that their performance is no better than a roll of the dice does not shake their confidence in their ability. He marvels at the disconnect. This might at first seem to be an inherent flaw in human design, tantamount to a manufacturer’s defect in human nature

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How Your Brain Decides Without You - Issue 19: Illusions - Nautilus

How Your Brain Decides Without You - Issue 19: Illusions - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Princeton’s Palmer Field, 1951. An autumn classic matching the unbeaten Tigers, with star tailback Dick Kazmaier—a gifted passer,…
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Great! Not only three new versions of the rabbit/duck illusion (see the illustration) but the article is a good read on topics such as cognitive dissonance, the way that the brain filters and interprets information, the way our beliefs can influence what we 'see' and the way that truth can be 'hard-wired' into the brain very early in our experiences.

Very interesting and well-written.

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The Self Delusion of Choice. How Your Brain Decides without YOU. 

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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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Studying the Brain Can Help Us Understand Our Unscientific Beliefs

Studying the Brain Can Help Us Understand Our Unscientific Beliefs | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Last week, Gallup announced the results of their latest survey on Americans and evolution. The numbers were a stark blow to high-school science teachers everywhere: forty-six per cent of adults said they believed that “God created humans in their...
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Beliefs dictate how we see the world | mydigitalfc.com

What comes first, belief or reason? Belief, says Michael Shermer, the author of The Believing Brain.
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