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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Review - Brain Bugs - Psychology

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Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?

Buonomano’s aim is to offer the reader a practical overview of a brain whose functioning and architecture, constrained by evolutionary history, lead to both desirable and flawed outcomes.

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Michael Shermer: Why people believe strange things

http://www.ted.com Why do people see the Virgin Mary on cheese sandwiches or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video, images and music, prof...
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The new science of our cross-wired senses - The Boston Globe

The new science of our cross-wired senses - The Boston Globe | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The new science of our cross-wired sensesThe Boston GlobeWhile neuroscientists have been piecing together how senses connect in the brain, his work has revealed how the crossing of sensory information affects perception and behavior.
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What is an Illusion?

What is an Illusion?
by JR. Block, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Emeritus • Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
President, Y & B Associates, Inc.
In order to answer this question we have to go back to the concepts of sensation and perception. Let us start with sensation. Our bodies, and for that matter most living things, have special cells called sensory receptors. They can detect light, sound, temperature, pressure, odor, taste, pain, pressure, balance, etc. Most of these receptors are on or near the surface of the body such as our eyes, ears, tongue, etc., but some are internal. Thus, we sometimes experience a sense of pain with a toothache, headache, stomachache, etc.

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Senses Challenge

Are your eyes being tricked by your brain? Do you know what a supertaster is? Or how to avoid travel sickness? Put your senses to the test in our Senses Challenge.

Go here (http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/interactives/senseschallenge/senses.swf) if the title link doesn't work - it's a flash interactive.

Very nice series of 20 interactive illusions - each with a brief explanation - if you want it!

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VS Ramachandran on your mind | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between celebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples. (Note - 28 minutes long and fairly theoretical.)

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Touch Test exhibit

Our skin has sensory receptors, which detect many sensations including texture, temperature, pressure and pain. The way we interpret what we touch is often related to what we can also see.

This link is about the Questacon Exhibit in Canberra, Australia but the page has lots of other links and activities associated with illusions. (http://fascinatingscience.questacon.edu.au/assets/touch_test.pdf)

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