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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Kids' False Memories Reveal Quirks of Learning

Kids' False Memories Reveal Quirks of Learning | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The way kids learn causes them to generate more false memories than adults
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Young children 'rely on the gist of a memory' when asking to recall an event.  They tend to 'remember' objects and people that they may be associated with the event (e.g. pens and pencils are associated with classrooms) and will 'recall' these things even if they weren't there.

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One out of two parents do not see their child's weight problem

One out of two parents do not see their child's weight problem | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
One out of two parents of children with overweight feel that their child's weight is normal. Four out of ten parents of children with overweight or obesity are even worried that their child will get too thin. These are the findings of a European study of parents of more than 16,000 children.
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Parent perception of their child's weight can is distorted by being...the parent.

It emphasises the need to get objective measures of weight for your children.

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BPS Research Digest: Children with autism are less susceptible to the rubber hand illusion

BPS Research Digest: Children with autism are less susceptible to the rubber hand illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

The ability to tell where our bodies end and the rest of the world begins comes so naturally we tend not to give it much thought. In fact the brain mechanisms underlying bodily-identity are a vital part of basic social functioning. Given that social difficulties are a central part of autism, a team of US researchers led by Carissa Cascio wondered whether autism might be associated with differences in these basic mechanisms underlying body ownership.

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Watch out: Children more prone to looking but not seeing

Watch out: Children more prone to looking but not seeing | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Children looking at a loose thread on a jumper or an advert on the side of a bus might be 'blind' to oncoming traffic and other dangers when walking down the street. Researchers conclude that children under 14 are more likely than adults to be 'blinded' to their surroundings when focusing on simple things. It explains a somewhat frustrating experience familiar to many parents and carers: young children fail to notice their carer trying to get their attention because they have little capacity to spot things outside their area of focus.
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One to consider when dealing with children under the age of 14.

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Integral Options Cafe: Top Brain, Psychology, and Neuroscience Stories from 2012, Part Three

Integral Options Cafe: Top Brain, Psychology, and Neuroscience Stories from 2012, Part Three | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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This is a list of articles that are interesting although not all are related to the Brain and Illusions.  They include: why children hide by covering their eyes, enclothed cognition and watching a horror film before going to the art gallery. Something for the whole family..

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Young Children See the Moon Illusion : City Connect

Young Children See the Moon Illusion : City Connect | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
... it's high in the sky? The moon illusion, which also applies to the perception of the size of the sun in the sky, has intrigued artists and puzzled psychologists for many years. ...
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