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False memories: The hidden side of our good memory

False memories: The hidden side of our good memory | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Justice blindly trusts human memory. Every year throughout the world hundreds of thousands of court cases are heard based solely on the testimony of somebody who swears that they are reproducing exactly an event that they witnessed in a (more or less) not too distant past. Nevertheless, various recent studies in cognitive neuroscience indicate both the strengths and weaknesses in this ability of recall of the human brain.
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The strengths and weaknesses of memory recall in adults, children and people with schizophrenia are compared.

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Neuroskeptic: The Hollow Mask Illusion: Beyond Charlie Chaplin

Neuroskeptic: The Hollow Mask Illusion: Beyond Charlie Chaplin | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Everyone's talking about the hollow mask illusion, a.k.a the hollow face illusion. Wired have a nice piece about this freaky visual phenomenon, complete with YouTube video so that you can see it for yourself. It's seriously weird

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Mirror-gazing illusion more intense in schizophrenia

Patients with schizophrenia report more intense perceptual illusions during the mirror-gazing task than do mentally healthy people, report researchers who also found that the patients were more likely to believe their illusions were real.

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Man with schizophrenia has out-of-body experience in lab, gains knowledge, controls his psychosis

Man with schizophrenia has out-of-body experience in lab, gains knowledge, controls his psychosis | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
RM had his first out-of-body experience at the age of 16. Now, at the age of 55, he has had more than he can count.
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