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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Why The World Isn’t As It Seems - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Why The World Isn’t As It Seems - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Take a close look at the floor tiles in the scene below. First, focus your attention on the tile directly below the potted plant,…
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Explanations about our perceptions of light and dark objects. It's a blog but at least he consults with neuroscientists.  Nice picture.

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How to Draw a 3D Optical Illusion of Your Hand

How to Draw a 3D Optical Illusion of Your Hand | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Handimania has created an awesome tutorial video that demonstrates how to draw a fun 3D optical illusion of your hand. All you need is paper, a pencil, and some colorful markers. With the pencil, t...
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NIce activity and it looks good as well.

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Mesmerizing GIF Prepares Your Eyes To Take In “Bioshock” Optical Illusions

Mesmerizing GIF Prepares Your Eyes To Take In “Bioshock” Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The following image probably looks like a typical bustling day in a subaquatic city.
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Nice use of common spiral illusion.

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7Best (Art Illusions 2/7)

7Best (Art Illusions 2/7) | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Drawing wisely from the past is the Art of Life ~ john stringer (by coNZervative)...

[Not sure of the point of this blog but I haven't seen this picture before. It's a one-off despite the title - GC]

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Animation Without Drawing- Paper Creases Only

Animation Without Drawing- Paper Creases Only | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
No ink. No pencils. Just shadows and light on folded white paper.
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CARPE DIEM: Amazing Illusion; One of the Best Ever

CARPE DIEM: Amazing Illusion; One of the Best Ever | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

The two birds in the image above are identical. Not just in size and shape, but in color too. Don't believe it? Check out the same image with the background removed (http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/brain-teasers/optical-illusion-17/1412563/2)

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The Bulge Illusion: How to Trick Your Brain With M&Ms

The Bulge Illusion:  How to Trick Your Brain With M&Ms | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The “Bulge” Illusion, created by Mary Coffelt, Briena Heller, and Michael McCamy at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix laboratories last summer. The strategically placed purple and white M&Ms distort your perception of the Lego checkerboard, making it bulge out. Image credit: Mary Coffelt, Briena Heller, and Michael McCamy, Martinez-Conde and Macknik Laboratories, Barrow Neurological…
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Terrific version of the Bulge illusion with a video explanation to boot.

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Handy illusion

Handy illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
@olliemealing brought my attention to this great illusion yesterday..... And very good it is too. Like it?
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Just one picture...

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A Video Illusion: Can You Spot the Change?

A Video Illusion: Can You Spot the Change? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We're a bit embarrassed to admit that it took us three times to spot the change in this fascinating video illusion at New Scientist, even after reading about the research behind the video.
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This takes a while but persist. It's about change blindness.

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A visual illusion — Marginal Revolution

A visual illusion — Marginal Revolution | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
If it is this easy to be mistaken about simple things it must be much easier to be mistaken about difficult things. From Geekolinks.
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