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Keeping an eye on the corporate education agenda, in Massachusetts and beyond
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"Survivorship bias" as a way of showing how you have increased your performance when you actually haven't.  Given the article is talking about schools, this has to rank high as an example of national illusions.

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Anamorphic sculptures

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I'm not sure what is happening in the first sculpture so this video may be NSFW but the sculptor creates 3D structures that only look like something from certain angles. Incredibly though, if you move around to the other side of the sculpture, you see a different figure. For example, in one, you see two giraffes. Move around and they become one elephant!
 
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Alice Proverbio on Twitter: "Amazing motion illusion. V5 is firing due to V4 saturation!… "

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Just a nice illusion.
 
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David Zinn: Chalk Art Brought to Life

David Zinn is an Ann Arbor artist known for his temporary street art composed entirely of chalk, charcoal and found objects that is entirely improvised o
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Great video about David Zinn who uses chalk to create cartoon figures in sidewalk cracks or holes in the wall. This video doesn't do his work justice but you start to see what he is capable of.
 
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Yeah, this is better. https://youtu.be/GLUga-GuyOs
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Cognitive Biases and the Human Brain

Cognitive Biases and the Human Brain | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Science suggests we’re hardwired to delude ourselves. Can we do anything about it?
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A pretty comprehensive review of some of the key biases we face as humans. It's hard to remember them all but the take away is that we are usually biased somehow and so we need to be less dogmatic in our opinions and more willing to check our thoughts. Given the ubiquity of the internet, this is not hard to do.
 
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Cognitive bias cheat sheet –

I’ve spent many years referencing Wikipedia’s list of cognitive biases whenever I have a hunch that a certain type of thinking is an official bias but I can’t recall the name or details. It’s been an…
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The diagram here gives a summary of a range of cognitive biases that we all suffer from at some stage in our lives. Getting to know them all would be difficult. But acknowledging that we are prone to such biases would be a start.
 
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Apple AR: This App Uses the iPhone X's TrueDepth Camera to Conjure 3D Illusions « Mobile AR News :: Next Reality

Apple AR: This App Uses the iPhone X's TrueDepth Camera to Conjure 3D Illusions « Mobile AR News :: Next Reality | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A Swedish digital artist has developed an app for the iPhone X that creates mind-bending 3D illusions that correlate to the user's point of view. The app, called TheParallaxView, uses the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X to track the user's head movements and generates images that correspond to the user's position in real time. As a result, the user sees a seemingly 3D image from any angle. One effect presents a seemingly deep pit burrowed into the phone's screen, while another experience shows a cluster of skyscrapers that appear to rise from the display. Developer Peder Norrby intends to
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Love it. The artist uses his new iPhone X TrueDepth capability to create visual illusions on his phone.
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Optical illusion: Shade-changing shape-shifting gray turtles

Optical illusion: Shade-changing shape-shifting gray turtles | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A simple but extremely effective optical illusion will have you doubting whether your eyes and brain are talking to each other coherently..
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Very clever turtle shaped illusions. Good explanation as well.
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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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Artist's architectural illusions transforming urban walls (Video)

Artist's architectural illusions transforming urban walls (Video) | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Blank city walls are huge canvases for this artist transforming our perception of ordinary buildings.
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Interesting series of painted walls on buildings that have a 3D effect. This would be a good way to reduce graffiti.
 
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“My-side bias” makes it difficult for us to see the logic in arguments we disagree with –

“My-side bias” makes it difficult for us to see the logic in arguments we disagree with – | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

"In what feels like an increasingly polarised world, trying to convince the “other side” to see things differently often feels futile. Psychology has done a great job outlining some of the reasons why, including showing that, regardless of political leanings, most people are highly motivated to protect their existing views. However a problem with some of this research is that it is very difficult to concoct opposing real-life arguments of equal validity, so as to make a fair comparison of people’s treatment of arguments they agree and disagree with"

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A new study into the difficult area of why it is hard to change people's beliefs.
As the post suggests, "Our results show why debates about controversial issues often seem so futile,” the researchers said. “Our values can blind us to acknowledging the same logic in our opponent’s arguments if the values underlying these arguments offend our own.”
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Artist's wild architectural illusions include an unzipped building

Artist's wild architectural illusions include an unzipped building | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Alex Chinneck is well-known for his mind-bending architectural illusions. This time, he unzipped a soon-to-be-demolished office building in Ashford, Kent, UK.
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Video on the latest piece of illusory sculpture by Alex Chinneck. This is good because the video is by the artist and he explains the artwork and other illusions that he has created in the past. 
 
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Are these dots purple or blue? Your answer might not be as reliable as you think

Are these dots purple or blue? Your answer might not be as reliable as you think | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
When blue dots or threatening faces become rare, people’s concepts of “blue” or “threat” expand
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Video showing how, over time, purple dots are considered to be blue by our brains.
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Anamorphic Illusions Transform Ordinary Paper Mind-Bending Artwork

Anamorphic Illusions Transform Ordinary Paper Mind-Bending Artwork | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Artist Ramon Bruin creates striking anamorphic illusions on paper. When viewed from just the right vantage point, buildings, creatures, and surreal images come alive—popping off the page and seemingly into real life.
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One of my favourite illusions - anamorphic drawings done on paper. Ramon Bruin is pretty good at it.
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Artist Creates 3D Drawings Inspired by Anamorphic Art

Artist Creates 3D Drawings Inspired by Anamorphic Art | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Hungarian anamorphic artist Sandor Vamos creates incredible trick-of-the-eye, 3D drawings that seem to jump from their pages. With an integral understanding of angles and a knack for perspective, Vamos uses clever shading, line work, and perspectives to create his hand-drawn 3D optical illusions.
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Some really brilliant 3D drawings that jump of the page...in so many ways.
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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

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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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