The brain and illusions
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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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What Happens to the Brain During Cognitive Dissonance?

What Happens to the Brain During Cognitive Dissonance? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Cognitive dissonance is that uncomfortable feeling you get when you try to maintain two or more inconsistent beliefs at the same time or when you believe one thing but act in a contradictory way

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I've always thought that cognitive dissonance is holding onto a belief despite overwhelming contradictory evidence.  This article is worth a read because it outlines some of the basic neuroscience behind the condition.

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Cognitive Dissonance — PsyBlog

Cognitive Dissonance — PsyBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A classic 1959 social psychology experiment demonstrates how and why we lie to ourselves. Understanding this experiment sheds a brilliant light on the dark world of our inner motivations.
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Tom Bundick, Ph.D.'s curator insight, November 5, 2014 7:59 AM

Great description of cognitive dissonance and the mental contortions we all undertake to resolve it.