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Guest blog: Zeroing in on illusions in eye-gaze research — SFARI.org - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

Guest blog: Zeroing in on illusions in eye-gaze research — SFARI.org - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Eye-tracking technology has been a popular way of investigating social behavior related to eye gaze in people with autism over the past ten years. Its ability to noninvasively track their focus of attentionduring social situations has made it a particularly attractive technique, and one that can be used in individuals of all ages

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Some very interesting results of a study about where people look when they are looking at other people or at movies.

Also punctures some ideas about people with autism and where they gaze under theses circumstances.

 

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» 9 Common Myths about Clearing Clutter - World of Psychology

» 9 Common Myths about Clearing Clutter - World of Psychology | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

One of my key realizations about happiness, and a point oddly under-emphasized by positive psychologists, given its emphasis in popular culture, is that Outer order contributes to inner calm. More than it should.

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Memory Myths

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Many of us subscribe to false beliefs about how our memories work, sometimes with serious consequences. We debunks some common myths.

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Unnecessary Illusions and the Truth about Procrastination | Psychology Today

Unnecessary Illusions and the Truth about Procrastination | Psychology Today | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
10 illusions about procrastination and strategies for change. By Timothy A. Pychyl, Ph.D....
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The science behind the myths: Are there clinical explanations for vampires, zombies or werewolves? | The Brain Bank

The science behind the myths: Are there clinical explanations for vampires, zombies or werewolves? | The Brain Bank | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

With Halloween approaching, I have decided to dedicate a blog entry to the potential ‘scientific’ explanations behind some of our favourite and most enduring mythological creatures: vampires, zombies and werewolves!

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alenav09's curator insight, January 29, 7:45 PM

well a lot of things I think in religions and writing and stories from a loong time ago show things that involve Vampires, Werewolves, etc. But i think that science could definatly take part in what we call Vampries, Werewovles, etc. I think some of the explinations for these folklores could be true but I don't exactly know but i think this article is interesting. 

Richard K's curator insight, May 16, 7:20 PM

Are vampires the real deal? Is there now scientific evidence showing that vampires can and will exist no matter what? Astonishing. Clinical trials need to be done to fulfill the needs of every vampire enthusiast, I know I'm on board. Would it be stretch to say we need a 'find real vampires' kickstarter? Teenage girls, begin swooning! On a serious note, there is a vampiric disease called poryphoria, if you aren't familiar with the term, it is one every blood lusting appreciator should check out,

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Sweat Science » Can you trust your own judgment about health/fitness?

Sweat Science » Can you trust your own judgment about health/fitness? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Just wanted to highlight a book excerpt that ran in the New York Times Magazine over the weekend, from Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s forthcoming book “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” It’s about our general tendency to place great faith in our own explanations for things, regardless of whether the facts bear them out.

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Great expectations tend to hit home

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The home ground advantage is a myth for many sportspeople, who can choke under the unbearable pressure, writes Tim Barlass.

 

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Making sense of Chemical Stories

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This is a link to a pdf document detailing some of the myths about chemicals and why they are myths.

(Link: http://www.senseaboutscience.org/data/files/resources/5/MakingSenseofChemicalStories_July08-Reprint.pdf)

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