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Tactile illusions - Wikipedia

Tactile illusions - Wikipedia

Tactile illusions are illusions that affect the sense of touch. Some tactile illusions require active touch (e.g., movement of the fingers or hands), whereas others can be evoked passively (e.g., with external stimuli that press against the skin).

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Great list of tactile illusions if you want to do some activities related to touch.
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Baffling body illusions

Baffling body illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Confuse your body with eight illusions to experiment with your sense of 'proprioception'.
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Eight illusions that you can do at home! The video from the Royal Institute shows what you need and how to do it.
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8 Mind-Bending Optical Illusions (And What They Reveal About How Our Brains Work)

8 Mind-Bending Optical Illusions (And What They Reveal About How Our Brains Work) | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
8 mind-bending optical illusions and a brief explanation of how they work as well as what they reveal about perception and our brains.
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Lots of useful illusions here and, as a bonus, some good explanations of what they mean about how our brain works. Cheers, Belle!
 
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Optical illusions that will test your brain | OverSixty

Optical illusions that will test your brain | OverSixty | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We take a look at nine of our favourite optical illusions and the clever reasons behind why they’re so head-scratching.
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Nine old favourites here. Good to see them in one spot.
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10 Amazing Illusions

This video was created in partnership with Now You See Me 2. In Theaters June 10! Download the triangle at https://goo.gl/X8cK09
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Another set of 'real life' illusions by Richard Wiseman.
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Super-Cool Photographic Illusions Found On The Web

Super-Cool Photographic Illusions Found On The Web | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Super-Cool Photographic Illusions Found On The Web

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A variety of illusions, most of which we have seen before but some new ones.
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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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The Science of Optical Illusions

The Science of Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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An excellent range of optical illusions, many of which I have not seen before. Most also contain a useful explanation.

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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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These beautiful but strange images will mess with your mind

These beautiful but strange images will mess with your mind | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
No need for LSD, just check these out.
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I think the post writer was on LSD when he/she created this page. No need to write rubbish. Robert Gonsalve's work speaks for itself.

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16+ Perfectly Timed Photos That Turn Dogs Into Giants

16+ Perfectly Timed Photos That Turn Dogs Into Giants | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
No, giant dogs have not invaded earth. These photos of enormous pooches create the illusion of great size through the intentional or accidental use of mixed distances without clear reference points.
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Very clever. Look carefully.

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Reality Check: 10 Practical Applications of Illusions

Reality Check: 10 Practical Applications of Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Artists invented illusions hundreds and sometimes thousands of years ago. Today we capitalize on those lessons and apply them to new technologies and formats
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Article on how illusions make a product work. First example is mp3 music.

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Information Is Beautiful — Common Mythconceptions - Worlds Most Contagious Falsehoods

Information Is Beautiful — Common Mythconceptions - Worlds Most Contagious Falsehoods | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
All 78 of the world's most contagious myths and misconceptions soundly debunked. Post in your classroom or on someone's face. Instant hi-res ...
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Nice visual summary of the some of the silliest yet strongly held misconceptions in society. The one about swimming and eating is still very strong within me....

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Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions

Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
--- Are the two orange circles of the same size? One way to learn more about our brains and minds is to look at how we can trick them--that is, to see how we
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These illusions have been presented before but this site includes some useful explanations.
 
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Narrative Optical Illusions Painted by Rob Gonsalves

Narrative Optical Illusions Painted by Rob Gonsalves | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves explores childlike stories of wonder through his surrealist paintings, capturing peeks of one's internal daydreams through dual scene optical illusions. The works express both the real and the imaginative, painting a space where one can explore beyond physical limits
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Gonsalves is a superb artist and his paintings are awesome. I have seen a lot of these before but it is worth having another look...to be inspired.
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Optical illusions: Can you master them all?

Optical illusions: Can you master them all? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Optical illusions have fascinated both young and old for centuries. These illusions are produced when our eyes (and our brains) have difficulty interpreting reality. 
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A visual list of illusions. Plenty of old favourites but some that I have not seen before.
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10 OPTICAL ILLUSIONS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND (Again!)

Hello there! The human brain is such a complicated and interesting system, that we're still exploring all of its possibilities. Every day a lot o
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Some good explanations here.
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2015 Finalists | Best Illusion of the Year Contest

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A list of the 10 finalist in the Illusion of the Year competition.  All are in video form. You can vote for them if you want.
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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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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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MC Escher's incredible optical illusions go on display in London

MC Escher's incredible optical illusions go on display in London | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The enigmatic Dutch draftman's gravity-defying work will baffle a new generation of admirers as more than 100 pictures go on display at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.
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From the master! A series of sketches by Escher with some explanations by the author.

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Common Science Myths That Most People Believe

Common Science Myths That Most People Believe | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
There are a number of old wives’ tales out there regarding some basic scientific principles. Though most of them were refuted years ago, these rumors just won’t go away. Here are some of the top myths floating around out there that just aren’t true: We only use 10% of our brains.
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They are all here but worth repeating.

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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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