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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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The incredible Perspective Illusions of Erik Johansson

The incredible Perspective Illusions of Erik Johansson | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Journey into the mind of Swedish photographer Erik Johansson, who's vision of the world around him is truly unique
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Some very good examples of Erik Johansson's work. I think he does his best when he integrates the illusion with a scene from nature.
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These Charming Optical Illusions Pop Off the Page | Monday Insta Illustrator | The Creators Project

Don't look down.
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Unfortunately, I can't show you a picture of what this very talented illustrator has done but it's worth having a look.
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12 fascinating optical illusions show how color can trick the eye

12 fascinating optical illusions show how color can trick the eye | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
These optical illusions will make you look at color in a totally different way.
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Not much new here but I did like the chess pieces one above.

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THE OPTICAL ILLUSIONS OF BRIDGET RILEY

THE OPTICAL ILLUSIONS OF BRIDGET RILEY | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
by Ariadna Zierold Bridget Riley is an abstract painter who came to prominence in the American Op Art movement of the 1960s, after her inclusion in the 1965 exh
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Hurray! Some original (sort of) illusions.

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Wait Until You Realize What You’re Actually Looking At

Wait Until You Realize What You’re Actually Looking At | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Artists like Chris Carlson make trippy murals with their skillful mastery of perspective. Though his chalk drawings are on a flat surface, they're so well done that they'd have you to believe they were 3-D. A time-lapse of Carlson's work was recently featured on the...
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Includes some good videos.

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Typeface Mechanics: 001

Typeface Mechanics: 001 | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Our conscious minds want to draw one shape, but our eyes need to see another. Part of typeface design is managing this eternal friction between logic and optics. It’s always there, no matter the style.

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A very interesting article on the fight between logic and illusion in the world of the typeface.

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21 Mind-Boggling Optical Illusions That Will Melt Your Brain

21 Mind-Boggling Optical Illusions That Will Melt Your Brain | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

It is Don't believe what your eyes are telling you.

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This is a varied collection of illusions and I do like the one above.

It includes videos and images and it not a bad collection if you want to show a range of illusions to a group.

It is annoying that you still have to click 'next' and load in a new page to see the next illusion.

Also, they did not melt my brain.

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How Your Brain Decides Without You - Issue 19: Illusions - Nautilus

How Your Brain Decides Without You - Issue 19: Illusions - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Princeton’s Palmer Field, 1951. An autumn classic matching the unbeaten Tigers, with star tailback Dick Kazmaier—a gifted passer,…
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Great! Not only three new versions of the rabbit/duck illusion (see the illustration) but the article is a good read on topics such as cognitive dissonance, the way that the brain filters and interprets information, the way our beliefs can influence what we 'see' and the way that truth can be 'hard-wired' into the brain very early in our experiences.

Very interesting and well-written.

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Lawrence Lanoff's curator insight, November 7, 2014 5:27 PM

The Self Delusion of Choice. How Your Brain Decides without YOU. 

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76 Unbelievable Street And Wall Art Illusions

76 Unbelievable Street And Wall Art Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
This huge collection of wall art illusions will twist your brain into a pretzel. It's an inspiring kind of street art that will give you a creativity boost.
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A large collection of anamorphic artworks including lots of chalk art.

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joancporta's curator insight, October 6, 2014 1:06 PM

¡Impressionants il·lusions òptiques en arquitectura contemporània!

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These Amazing Art Illusions Prove Paper Can Be Anything But Basic

These Amazing Art Illusions Prove Paper Can Be Anything But Basic | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Think paper is basic? Think again.

Yulia Brodskaya manages to turn paper into fantastical, illusionary artworks that come to life. A graphic designer and illustrator who has worked with companies from Neiman Marcus and Hermes to Starbucks and Ben...
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Using paper to make some spectacular figures and images.

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Shadowy Optical Illusion Mural by Strøk in Italy

Shadowy Optical Illusion Mural by Strøk in Italy | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

As part of the Memorie Urbane street art festival in Italy, Norweigan stencil artist Anders Gjennestad (aka Strøk) painted this shadowy mural on the side of an old school. 

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Nice work, Anders Gjennestad.  How does he even think of this sort of art work?

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Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus

Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Your powers of attention: fooled!Attention is, by definition, limited. And that’s usually a good thing. If you’re searching for…
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Perfect example in the picture above...

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You Must See These Sidewalk Chalk Art Illusions

You Must See These Sidewalk Chalk Art Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
For most people, a sidewalk is a convenient way to get from here to there and the best use for an asphalt parking lot is to park your automobile. For a sidewalk chalk artist, these surfaces are viewed in a completely different light. They represent blank canvases awaiting temporary masterpieces to be drawn onto them.…
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These chalk drawings (what an understatement) are becoming incredibly complex pieces of art. Magnificent.

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Artist paints 3D optical illusions on palm of his hand and they're scarily good

Artist paints 3D optical illusions on palm of his hand and they're scarily good | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
French visual artist Jordan Molina, 22, aka TutoDraw is known for his 3D artwork – he can make wild animals, Disney princesses and superheroes literally jump off the page.
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Could only see one photo of this guy's work but it was a beauty!
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3D Street Art: 14 Eye-Popping Optical Illusions Created In Chalk

3D Street Art: 14 Eye-Popping Optical Illusions Created In Chalk | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The world's foremost experts on 3D street art create imaginary worlds so realistic it takes a triple-take to grasp exactly what you're looking at.
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Fantastic street art collection.
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The Weirdest Optical Illusions on the Internet and How They Work

Our eyes can’t be trusted and that’s not always a bad thing. Before motion pictures came about, Victorian kids would play with optical toys — little ...
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Nothing new here except the writer tries to explain how each illusion works and does a reasonable job of it.

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Optical Illusions by Ivan Hoo

Optical Illusions by Ivan Hoo | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Indonesian Artist Ivan Hoo is a master at creating optical illusions. No, those aren't real starbucks cups, they are the result of pastels, pencils and outstanding talent. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ivan-Hoo-Art/441601749220801
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When I first saw the Starbucks cups on the wooden piece, I thought, "Ho hum" until I realised that they were drawings!

I should have said, "Whoo, Hoo!".

Incredible talent.

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Trippy Body Painting Illusions from Natalie Fletcher

Trippy Body Painting Illusions from Natalie Fletcher | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

The world of body painting is full of illusions, but we haven’t seen any quite like these. 

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Geometric illusions painted on bodies.

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The Illusion Machine That Teaches Us How We See - Issue 19: Illusions - Nautilus

The Illusion Machine That Teaches Us How We See - Issue 19: Illusions - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The man sprang onstage dressed as a miner, complete with headlamp and pickaxe. After swinging the axe a few times, he proclaimed to…
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Fantastic set of videos, photos and animated gif showing some new illusions (and some old ones) from Kokichi Sugihara.

It includes a nice explanation of what is happening in our brains, particularly our love of right angles.

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Can You Spot The Famous Faces In These 13 Coffee Bean Illusions?

Can You Spot The Famous Faces In These 13 Coffee Bean Illusions? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Can you spot these famous faces in the coffee beans?

Go on, give it a shot (get it?) but you must find them by any beans (sorry!) means necessary.

All jokes aside, it's going to be a bit of a grind but we've bean around the world to find the b...
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Like coffee. These images will give you the coffee kick without the caffeine.

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A Rotating Glass Sculpture Containing Four 'Hidden' Anamorphic Paintings

A Rotating Glass Sculpture Containing Four 'Hidden' Anamorphic Paintings | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Emulsifier is a curious glass sculpture designed by artist Thomas Medicus. The piece is built from 160 glass strips that are hand-painted on four sides with complimentary images. Only when the object is rotated and viewed from the right angle do the images appear. Watch the video abo
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This is clever. One sculpture but four different pieces of art.

It's an animated gif and a video so go to the website and have a look.

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Colour Blind Test

Colour Blind Test | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Please pay attention as there will be a test when you are done. The tricky thing about colour blindness is that many people don't know they are colour blind until they get tested (40% of colour blind pupils currently leaving…
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The significance of colour blindness. It's more complicated than you think.

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Dizzying optical illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka – in pictures

Dizzying optical illusions by Akiyoshi Kitaoka – in pictures | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Ritsumseikan University in Kyoto, Japan, has spent more than a decade creating his collection of moving optical illusions
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A good collection of illusions created by the Professor. I didn't realise that he created so many.

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The beautiful surreal worlds of Erik Johansson

The beautiful surreal worlds of Erik Johansson | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Photographer and retouch artist Erik Johansson produces some remarkable illusions. If you are curious about how his latest image--entitled Landfall--was put together then this video has a lot of the answers as Erik takes us through the process from concept to completion.
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Nice art work - includes five images.

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The Power of Perception: Why You Can't Unsee These Images

The Power of Perception: Why You Can't Unsee These Images | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We're going to rewire your brain. Are you ready?
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The image above is an example of the content of this excellent article on 'unseeing' images once the details have been explained to you. It's much like aural pareidolia - you don't hear the pattern until someone points it out to you and then you can't "unhear" it!

This is a great article about this concept with some new images (and plenty of old ones) clearly showing this concept.

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