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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Trippy 3D Moon Illusion Knows When You’re Looking at It

Trippy 3D Moon Illusion Knows When You’re Looking at It | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever looked at a full Moon, especially through a telescope, there’s something you notice almost immediately: It looks flat.
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Needs red-green glasses for the full effect.  Read Phil Plait's description for some further eye-popping delights.  He also includes an attempt at explaining what is going on inside your brain.

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Astrophoto: Photographer Re-Creates E.T. Flying in Front of the Moon

Astrophoto: Photographer Re-Creates E.T. Flying in Front of the Moon | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Back in May, I posted a series of incredible photographs of a biker in front of the rising full Moon.
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What do you think? Is the photo from the film or is it real?

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The Moon Illusion

TWEET IT - http://clicktotweet.com/32_iT "Look how big the moon is!" you've shouted before. But what if I told you that the moon never really changes size, and it's simply your brain playing a trick? Find out what The Moon Illusion is, and why it happens!

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The Supermoon Illusion

The Supermoon Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
You’ve probably all seen it before, a huge Full Moon sitting on the horizon and you wonder why it looks much bigger than at other times?
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The insane physics that lets us see the Man in the Moon

The insane physics that lets us see the Man in the Moon | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
For millennia, people have looked up at the full Moon and sworn that they could see something up there. Depending on the culture, it's anything from a face to a dragon.
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Young Children See the Moon Illusion : City Connect

Young Children See the Moon Illusion : City Connect | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
... it's high in the sky? The moon illusion, which also applies to the perception of the size of the sun in the sky, has intrigued artists and puzzled psychologists for many years. ...
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The moon illusion - Andrew Vanden Heuvel

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-moon-illusion-andrew-vanden-heuvel Have you noticed how the full moon looks bigger on the horizon than high o...
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One of my favourite illusions - I still am not sure that I understand the reason for it, but this is a pretty good summary of what we know so far.

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The Moon Illusion

The Moon Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We have record of people noticing that the Moon looks larger at the horizon than directly overhead dating as far back as 4 BC, but I have a feeling that people have noticed it for as long as people...
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We don't quite know why this works but there are some activities to try on the page,

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Size Illusions Trick the Brain: Scientific American

Size Illusions Trick the Brain: Scientific American | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Does size matter?To your brain, it doesn't...
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Why does the Moon look so huge on the horizon? | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

Why does the Moon look so huge on the horizon? | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Astronomy | Moon Illusion | I love illusions, and I love astronomy. So what could be better than combining the two?

If you’ve ever seen the Moon rising over the horizon, looking so fat and looming that you felt like you could fall right into it, then you’ve been a victim of the famous Moon Illusion. And it is an illusion, a pervasive and persuasive one.

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Fun With Moon-Amazing Optical Illusions

Fun With Moon-Amazing Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
One of the Biggest Optical Illusion Web Gallery.Providing a fresh look at cutting edge Optical Illusion which occurs in real life.

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