The brain and illusions
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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Are we all born with synaesthesia? – Shruti Ravindran – Aeon

Are we all born with synaesthesia? – Shruti Ravindran – Aeon | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It makes letters colourised and numbers pulsate with cosmic time: a rare gift, or are we all on the synaesthetic spectrum?
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Are we closet synaesthetes?  Very wide ranging article on this intriguing skill.

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Sound and Touch Collide - Issue 10: Mergers & Acquisitions - Nautilus

Sound and Touch Collide - Issue 10: Mergers & Acquisitions - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Tony Ro’s research on the brain’s mixing of sound and touch began, appropriately enough, at a mixer. It was the spring of 2000…
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A very readable article on "synesthesia, a neurological mix-up of the senses". 

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Making Sense of the World, Several Senses at a Time: Scientific American

Making Sense of the World, Several Senses at a Time: Scientific American | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Sensory cross talk helps us navigate the world
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Good summary of some key ideas about the senses and the links between them.  It includes the McGurk effect, Beep Baseball, Echolocation, using your fingers to listen and Synthesia.

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Why the Essex 'lion' was a roaring success - Telegraph

Why the Essex 'lion' was a roaring success - Telegraph | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Science explains people's misplaced certainty that they saw a lion in Essex...
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Supreme's Halls | Why Your Ability to Combine Sights & Sounds Matters

Supreme's Halls | Why Your Ability to Combine Sights & Sounds Matters | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Development?
Learning how the brain mingles its senses can do more than shed light on the latest glitch in streaming video. It may also be able to help some people rewire their sense of reality for their own good. When scientists compared children of the same age, they discovered a fascinating pattern: The ones best at combining sights and sounds scored higher on intelligence tests.

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The Body Senses: Illusions

The Body Senses: Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Describe a range of somatosensory illusionsAppreciate that illusions are rarely simple or confined to a single sub-modality (touch, pressure, proprioception, heat, pain)Understand that somatosensory perception is strongly influenced by visual, and even by auditory inputsAppreciate that studying somatosensory illusions can help uncover the mechanisms of normal perception
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A series of illusions for the psychology class - explained and demonstrated.

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Is this my finger? Sensory illusion study provides new insight for body representation brain disorders

Is this my finger? Sensory illusion study provides new insight for body representation brain disorders | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
People can be easily tricked into believing an artificial finger is their own, shows a new study.
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Further insight into how the brain senses and reacts to our body.

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Step Into an Optical Illusion

Step Into an Optical Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
In Demon Hill, the rules of gravity don't apply as you expect them to. Down is not down, exactly.

[Don't watch this if you suffer from nausea! - GC]

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How Your Eyes Deceive You - Health News - redOrbit

How Your Eyes Deceive You - Health News - redOrbit | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
People rely on their eyes for most things they do – yet the information provided by our visual sensing system is often distorted, unreliable and subject to illusion.
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BBC - Science & Nature - Human Body and Mind - Body - Senses Challenge

Put your senses to the test with this BBC challenge.

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