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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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The new ŠKODA Fabia Attention Test - YouTube

Just how attention stealing is the new ŠKODA Fabia? We put it to the test. Will a crowd gather? Will other drivers slam on the breaks? Watch to find out.

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Very clever ad for Skoda.

I'll let you watch it rather than add a spoiler...

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Blue Light Can Improve Alertness and Attention Day or Night — PsyBlog

Blue Light Can Improve Alertness and Attention Day or Night — PsyBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Exposure to blue light can improve reaction times, attention and boost brain waves, according to a new study.
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As the author states: "those who’d been exposed to blue light had faster auditory reaction times, better attention and their brain wave patterns suggested they were more alert–although they didn’t consciously feel any more alert."

So remove those red lights outside your house and put in blue bulbs instead. :-)

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Elise Thygesen's curator insight, February 17, 2014 12:13 AM

Interesting thoughts on augmenting attention!

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Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus

Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Your powers of attention: fooled!Attention is, by definition, limited. And that’s usually a good thing. If you’re searching for…
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Nice summary of the ways that our brain can alter our reality. Good mix of videos, photos and images.

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Magic and Science Mix in Visual Illusions

Magic and Science Mix in Visual Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Magic tricks aren't just fun and games. Researchers are using insights from magicians in multiple arenas.
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» How our Intuitions Deceive Us, Part 2: Interview with Daniel Simons - World of Psychology

» How our Intuitions Deceive Us, Part 2: Interview with Daniel Simons   - World of Psychology | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Read part two of an interview with Daniel Simons on the nature of human perception, written by Jamie Hale of Psych Central.
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Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus

Fooled By Your Own Brain - Issue 2: Uncertainty - Nautilus | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Your powers of attention: fooled!Attention is, by definition, limited. And that’s usually a good thing. If you’re searching for…
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Perfect example in the picture above...

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How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know — PsyBlog

How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know — PsyBlog | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
How experts think, the power of framing, the miracle of attention, the weird world of cognitive biases and more…
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Whilst not specifically on illusions there are some sections (e.g 4. The Power of Framing and 5. Attentio is like a spotlight) that are relevant. 

The whole article is worth a read anyway.

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How to be a magician

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So much of magic is about misdirection, and there's a related psychological term, "Inattentional blindness", which basically means people not noticing things because their attention is on something...

[Just in case you haven't seen the very famous video about selective attention - here it is again!  However, there is another test of your ability to be attentive - try the second video - GC]

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