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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Areas of the brain process read and heard language differently

Areas of the brain process read and heard language differently | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The brain processes read and heard language differently. Researchers have been able to determine the affected areas of the brain using speech processing tests with the aid of functional magnetic resonance tomography (fMRT).
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I'm not sure that this is news but it looks like good evidence for the idea.  As the article suggests, it is also important for brain surgery.

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Kathrin Kollndorfer, Julia Furtner, Jacqueline Krajnik, Daniela Prayer, Veronika Schöpf. Attention shifts the language network reflecting paradigm presentation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2013; 7 DOI:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00809
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Your Brain on Sound: Aural Illusions, MP3, and Psychoacoustics - by Jack Moffitt

Listen to Jack Moffitt reveal how the brain hears sound and how what you think you hear isn't always what's really there. A presentation of Ignite New Mexico 5!
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Does the brain remember smell? Does altitude affect the taste of food? Why does the thought of frozen food cause goosebumps? | media | triple j

Does the brain remember smell? Does altitude affect the taste of food? Why does the thought of frozen food cause goosebumps? | media | triple j | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

A podcast by Dr Karl and special guest, Professor Charles Spence, on the ways in which we can fool our senses. Great podcast with some interesting information on the sense of taste and smell.

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Music special: Five great auditory illusions - life - 24 February 2008 - New Scientist

Music special: Five great auditory illusions - life - 24 February 2008 - New Scientist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Auditory illusions can help us understand the workings of the brains - listen to five of the most striking examples...
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Sound and vision work hand in hand, UCLA psychologists report ...

Sound and vision work hand in hand, UCLA psychologists report ... | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Our senses of sight and hearing work closely together, perhaps more than people realize, a new UCLA psychology study shows. ... Human brain photo by John A Beal Our senses of sight and hearing work closely together, perhaps more than people ...
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Brain Psychology Intelligence

Brain Psychology Intelligence | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Brain Tricks offers information about the brain tricks also known as optical illusions or visual phenomena, to demonstrate how our mind can be stimulated easily.
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The Illusion That Makes It Sound Like a Pitch Is Constantly Rising

The Illusion That Makes It Sound Like a Pitch Is Constantly Rising | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Discovered by the same people who brought you the modern computer
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I do like the picture above but this article is about aural illusions including the shepherd scale.  It includes some nice videos and explanations of the phenomena.

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Why the Essex 'lion' was a roaring success - Telegraph

Why the Essex 'lion' was a roaring success - Telegraph | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Science explains people's misplaced certainty that they saw a lion in Essex...
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Audio Pareidolia

Audio Pareidolia | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Pareidolia isn't just for Cheney's sun glasses or virgin mary sightings . It isn't even just for visuals, it happens with audio stuff too. See (and hear) this for an amusing example. Warning: adult themes!

(Definition: Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse - Source: Wikipedia.)

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McGurk Effect Audio-Video Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions

McGurk Effect Audio-Video Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Now here is a great find, Dylan pointed out to me. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of the McGurk Effect before (I haven’t), but in short, it’s a perceptual phenomenon which demonstrates an interaction between hearing and vision in speech perception. In practice, this audio-video optical illusion effect may be experienced when a video of one phoneme’s production is dubbed with a sound-recording of a different phoneme being spoken.

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Illusions —- Tactile – Optical – Auditory – Olfactory – Taste

Illusions —- Tactile – Optical – Auditory – Olfactory – Taste | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The term illusion refers to a specific form of sensory distortion. Unlike a hallucination, which is a distortion in the absence of a stimulus, an illusion describes a misinterpretation of a true se...
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