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Brain fills gaps to produce a likely picture

Brain fills gaps to produce a likely picture | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Researchers use visual illusions to demonstrate to what extent the brain interprets visual signals. They were surprised to discover that active interpretation occurs early on in signal processing. In other words, we see not only with our eyes, but with our brain, too. The primary visual brain cortex is normally regarded as the area where eye signals are merely processed, but that has now been refuted by the new results.
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Interesting that we actively start interpreting signals early in the analysis process.

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Heavenly Near-Death Experiences an Electrical Illusion of the Mind

Heavenly Near-Death Experiences an Electrical Illusion of the Mind | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The mind is a powerful, unknowing organ. There is much we have still yet to learn about the big, mushy encephalon contained within our skulls, and we continue to do so on a regular basis. A recent ...
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This is hard to read because of what they had to do to rats but it helps demystify a mysterious and somewhat exploited area.

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Blow Your Mind

Blow Your Mind is the owner's manual to the most complex machine ever developed. Your Brain. You might think you're aware of what your brain's up to, but the...
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Lengthy video on illusions.

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Al Seckel says our brains are mis-wired

Al Seckel, a cognitive neuroscientist, explores the perceptual illusions that fool our brains. Loads of eye tricks help him prove that not only are we easily fooled, we kind of like it.
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The science of optical illusions

The science of optical illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Optical illusions are more than just a bit of fun as understanding how the brain can be tricked also provides invaluable clues as to how the human brain works.
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The Rotating Snakes Are All In Your Mind

The Rotating Snakes Are All In Your Mind | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Illusions aren't just for fun; they also help reveal how human vision works. Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert for an explanation of why we perceive motion where none exists.
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Very detailed explanation of the Rotating Snake illusion. Not only explaining how it works but also what it tells us about how the brain creates this type of illusion.

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Illusions , delusions and the brain

This lecture by Prof. V.S. Ramachandran (University of California, San Diego) will focus on body image and mind body interactions. http://www.glasgow.ac.uk/i...
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This guys is worth a listen if you want to understand the significance of illusions....

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Lessons from an Optical Illusion: On Nature and Nurture, Knowledge and Values | Career In Biology

Facts are facts, we often say with certainty; but values--well, they're relative. But every day we are confronted with situations where these simple distinctions begin to blur--whether our concerns are the roots of crime and violence, the measure of intelligence, the causes of disease, the threat and promise of genetic engineering. Where do our "facts" end and our "values" begin?

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Pain - some things you may not have realised — Specialist Pain ...

Pain - some things you may not have realised — Specialist Pain ... | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The brain tries to make sense of the situation, scrutinising what is going on on the basis of past experience (learning) and comparing to the information being received from ALL body systems. ...
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Supreme's Halls | Why Your Ability to Combine Sights & Sounds Matters

Supreme's Halls | Why Your Ability to Combine Sights & Sounds Matters | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

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Learning how the brain mingles its senses can do more than shed light on the latest glitch in streaming video. It may also be able to help some people rewire their sense of reality for their own good. When scientists compared children of the same age, they discovered a fascinating pattern: The ones best at combining sights and sounds scored higher on intelligence tests.

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