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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Fancy shaking up your make-up routine? Check out make-up artist's fab designs

Fancy shaking up your make-up routine? Check out make-up artist's fab designs | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Hikaru Cho has created some amazing new sci-fi artwork - using the face as her canvas
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Great video of Hikaru Cho and her very realistic body painting style.

Pity it's a bit of a commercial for a phone.

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The origin of laughter, smiles and tears – Michael Graziano – Aeon

The origin of laughter, smiles and tears – Michael Graziano – Aeon | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Why do laughter, smiles and tears look so similar? Perhaps because they all evolved from a single root
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Horrible looking picture but fascinating article on the basic origin of common emotional behaviours such as smiling.

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Why You Need Dan Kennedy Free Gift In 2014 - MyJobKiller

Why You Need Dan Kennedy Free Gift In 2014 - MyJobKiller | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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The article is irrelevant to this scoop category.  The picture is amazing.

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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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Shocking illusion - Pretty celebrities turn ugly!

Prepare to be freaked out, again. You've seen "Pretty girls turn ugly" now try the celebrity version! It won second place in the Best Illusion of the Year Co...
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Pareidolia : Faces in Places

Pareidolia : Faces in Places | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
At the meeting last week, I talked about pareidolia and how our minds are hardwired to see faces in randomness. Many of the pictures were taken from an entertaining website called "Faces in Places"...
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Half-Faced Illusions Are Twisting My Brain | Gizmodo Australia

Half-Faced Illusions Are Twisting My Brain | Gizmodo Australia | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
This photography illusion, made with a Samsung L100 camera and Photoshop, turns half of a person's face into a picture of their profile too. Are they ...
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Lion fence

Lion fence | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
From a tw**t by Faces in Things via reader coel, here's one of the more remarkable examples of pareidolia I've seen.  MUCH better than Jesus in a tortilla! :  
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Lion on a fence!

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Facial features are the key to first impressions

Facial features are the key to first impressions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A new study shows that it is possible to accurately predict first impressions using measurements of physical features in everyday images of faces, such as those found on social media.
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A very interesting study on whether you can predict first impressions based on facial features.  Could result in an increase in plastic surgery!

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Sad Bathtub Face In This Optical Illusion Photo | The Eye Test Game

Sad Bathtub Face In This Optical Illusion Photo | The Eye Test Game | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Optical Illusion (anopticalillusion.com) Look at the Optical Illusion photo above and tell me what are you seeing there. I bet that you will see something
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A slightly over the top analysis of an accidental illusion.

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Look at the central black part of the picture.

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Another really good visual illusion.

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HUH. - Visual Illusions by Blommers Schumm for Dove

HUH. - Visual Illusions by Blommers Schumm for Dove | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Dutch photography duo Blommers Schumm (Anuschka Blommers & Niels Schumm) have created a rather clever new campaign for beauty products brand Dove.
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Flashed Face Distortion Effect: Ugly Optical Illusion - Technabob

Flashed Face Distortion Effect: Ugly Optical Illusion - Technabob | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Sean Murphy was looking at sets of faces for one of his experiments when he observed something really freaky.
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Gurney Journey: Albert or Marilyn?

Gurney Journey: Albert or Marilyn? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

When this picture appears big, it looks like Albert Einstein.

If you back up from it or see it reduced, it looks like Marilyn Monroe.

This illustrates a phenomenon that portrait painters often notice. As you back up from a portrait, the eyes can seem to shift direction, the expression seems to change, or the whole likeness alters.

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