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The One (Really Easy) Persuasion Technique Everyone Should Know — PsyBlog

The One (Really Easy) Persuasion Technique Everyone Should Know — PsyBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It’s supported by 42 studies on 22,000 people and it’s the easiest, most practical persuasion technique available.

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Getting people to do what you want by giving them the illusion of choice. Ethical? Read on...

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you should read this, but you are free to ignore and read soemthing else.

The brain and illusions
What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Do You Make These Thinking Errors? – Personal Growth – Medium

Do You Make These Thinking Errors? – Personal Growth – Medium | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Have you ever made a decision that seemed illogical looking back? We’re all highly illogical beings even though we think the opposite! Every person creates their own social reality. The way you view…
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A list of logical biases and some explanations for why they occur.
 
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Most Common Cognitive Biases Visualised & Explained

Most Common Cognitive Biases Visualised & Explained | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
There used to be a generic belief that humans are completely rational. It is easily understandable why a belief like this was popular. People want to think of themselves as rational because anything…
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A very detailed article explaining the common biases we hold whenever we make decisions or meet new people. The article also explains what we can do to overcome those biases.
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Tired Of People Running Through The Hallway, This Company Decided To Install This Floor

Tired Of People Running Through The Hallway, This Company Decided To Install This Floor | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Look carefully at this floor. There’s a big hole in it isn’t there? Nope, it’s actually perfectly flat and was designed to stop you running down the hallway of
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Very clever use of illusions to change behaviour. The post also shows a quick video of the tilers putting down the tiles.
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11 Optical Illusions Found in Visual Design – CircularChaos – Medium

11 Optical Illusions Found in Visual Design – CircularChaos – Medium | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
As a Visual Designer, you may not even realise it at first, but a few techniques that you come across when working on an interface, logo or illustration are in fact optical illusions!
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I have seen some of these illusions before but this post is different. Firstly, the illusions are dynamic - the parts move to show the illusion and then to show why it is an illusion. Secondly, the author explains the illusion from a design perspective. Very clever.
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Understanding unconscious bias

Understanding unconscious bias | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
This animation and briefing on unconscious bias adapted by Professor Uta Frith DBE FBA FMedSci FRS introduce the key concepts and current academic research around unconscious bias with the aim of alerting Royal Society selection and appointment panel members to potential biases that can arise when making judgments or decisions.
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A good primer for understanding how biases our thoughts can be.
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Do You Hear What I Hear? Auditory Hallucinations Yield Clues to Perception

Do You Hear What I Hear? Auditory Hallucinations Yield Clues to Perception | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Psychics and psychosis sufferers alike hold beliefs that may predispose them to hearing voices
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A description of an experiment on how hard it is for people with a psychosis to dispel their beliefs about voices in their heads.
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Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions

Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
--- Are the two orange circles of the same size? One way to learn more about our brains and minds is to look at how we can trick them--that is, to see how we
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These illusions have been presented before but this site includes some useful explanations.
 
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Amazing 3D Optical Illusions Burst from This Artist’s Sketchbook

Amazing 3D Optical Illusions Burst from This Artist’s Sketchbook | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Cambodia-born illustrator Visoth Kakvei's smooth, confident drawing style catapults him to Instagram fame.
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Brilliant diagrams from Visoth Kakvei. This one does not do justice to the 3D diagrams on this page. Worth a look
 
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What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence – Kate Fehlhaber | Aeon Ideas

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence – Kate Fehlhaber | Aeon Ideas | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
One day in 1995, a large, heavy middle-aged man robbed two Pittsburgh banks in broad daylight. He didn’t wear a mask or any sort of disguise. And he smiled at surveillance cameras before walking out of each bank. Later that night, police arreste
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A good article explaining the Dunning-Kruger effect where people can sometimes be so incompetent that they don't know they are incompetent.
 
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8 Mind-Bending Optical Illusions (And What They Reveal About How Our Brains Work)

8 Mind-Bending Optical Illusions (And What They Reveal About How Our Brains Work) | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
8 mind-bending optical illusions and a brief explanation of how they work as well as what they reveal about perception and our brains.
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Lots of useful illusions here and, as a bonus, some good explanations of what they mean about how our brain works. Cheers, Belle!
 
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Optical illusions: Can you master them all?

Optical illusions: Can you master them all? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Optical illusions have fascinated both young and old for centuries. These illusions are produced when our eyes (and our brains) have difficulty interpreting reality. 
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A visual list of illusions. Plenty of old favourites but some that I have not seen before.
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Watch This Cat Lose Its Mind After Faced With An Optical Illusion

Watch This Cat Lose Its Mind After Faced With An Optical Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Apparently what cannot be understood must be destroyed.
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What surprises me is that the cat is also able to see things moving - just as humans do. There must be some connections between our brains.
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Living a Lie: We Deceive Ourselves to Better Deceive Others

Living a Lie: We Deceive Ourselves to Better Deceive Others | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
New research provides the first evidence for a theory first put forward in the 1970s
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Deceiving ourselves might be for more than just self-enhancement or increasing motivation.
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The Remarkable "Curvature Blindness" Illusion - Neuroskeptic

The Remarkable "Curvature Blindness" Illusion - Neuroskeptic | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A new optical illusion has been discovered, and it’s really quite striking. The strange effect is called the ‘curvature blindness’ illusion, and it’s described in a new paper from psychologist Kohske Takahashi of Chukyo University, Japan. Here’s an example of the illusion: A series of wavy horizontal lines are shown. All of the lines have …
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This is one of those, "I can't believe it even though I can see it"-type illusions. Read the whole article and the comments.
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Optical illusion transforms street into artist's arena

Optical illusion transforms street into artist's arena | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Over 2,500 pieces of sticky aluminium are strategically placed along Fremantle's High Street to create an extraordinary work of art that appears to create flat shapes across a streetscape.
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Nice idea, but I really don't see the point of it when it only makes sense from one vantage point. If you look at the rest of the photos, it just looks like random lines covering some buildings.
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Confirmation bias: Why you make terrible life choices

Confirmation bias: Why you make terrible life choices | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
You walk into your first yoga class. You’re a little insecure about your weight and how your yoga clothes cling to your body revealing every flaw. You’re nervous about making a fool of yourself. Your…
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Interesting read but do so with a grain of salt. Not many references and lots of 'big' statements.
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Why We Miss Objects That Are Right in Front of Us

Why We Miss Objects That Are Right in Front of Us | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A new study highlights one of the many ways that expectations shape what we see in the world.
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Nice article explaining why we sometimes can't see the obvious.
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How Your Brain Tricks You Into Thinking Magic Is Real

How Your Brain Tricks You Into Thinking Magic Is Real | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Magic tricks, or illusions, make us go,
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Good video explaining how magicians do their thing. Even better are an explanation of the seven or so psychological tricks employed by magicians to help fool us.
 
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Tactile illusions - Wikipedia

Tactile illusions - Wikipedia

Tactile illusions are illusions that affect the sense of touch. Some tactile illusions require active touch (e.g., movement of the fingers or hands), whereas others can be evoked passively (e.g., with external stimuli that press against the skin).

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Great list of tactile illusions if you want to do some activities related to touch.
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These Illusions Trick Both Sighted and Blind People

These Illusions Trick Both Sighted and Blind People | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
(via BrainCraft) Your brain does its best to piece together the world – but our senses are susceptible to being tricked. For centuries we thought that optical illusions only tricked our visual perception – now we know that the same illusions can trick the touch perception of those who are blind.
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Some old favourites here but the video host attempts to explain why they work which is a bonus.
 
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Baffling body illusions

Baffling body illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Confuse your body with eight illusions to experiment with your sense of 'proprioception'.
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Eight illusions that you can do at home! The video from the Royal Institute shows what you need and how to do it.
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Narrative Optical Illusions Painted by Rob Gonsalves

Narrative Optical Illusions Painted by Rob Gonsalves | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves explores childlike stories of wonder through his surrealist paintings, capturing peeks of one's internal daydreams through dual scene optical illusions. The works express both the real and the imaginative, painting a space where one can explore beyond physical limits
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Gonsalves is a superb artist and his paintings are awesome. I have seen a lot of these before but it is worth having another look...to be inspired.
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Our Intuitions About the World Are Usually Wrong

Our Intuitions About the World Are Usually Wrong | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
On flat-Earthers, science denial, and why teaching critical thinking isn’t enough.
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Great article on the misconceptions we develop as youngsters and how difficult it is to shake them as you grow older.
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Introducing the Invisibility Cloak Illusion: We think we’re more observant (and less observed) than everyone else

Introducing the Invisibility Cloak Illusion: We think we’re more observant (and less observed) than everyone else | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Other people are probably paying more attention to you than you think, but that doesn't mean they're judging you. By Juliet Hodges
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In research published recently in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Erica Boothby and her colleagues show how we have a tendency to believe that we are incredibly socially observant ourselves, while those around us are less so. These assumptions combine to create the illusion that we observe others more than they observe us.
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Optical illusions that will test your brain | OverSixty

Optical illusions that will test your brain | OverSixty | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We take a look at nine of our favourite optical illusions and the clever reasons behind why they’re so head-scratching.
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Nine old favourites here. Good to see them in one spot.
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