Source: Wired (on YouTube)
Magician David Kwong breaks down magic into what he calls the “7 Principles of Illusion” and explains what goes into the execution of a magic trick.
Beware: He does give some general spoilers for how some magic tricks are done.
Source: Greater Good Magazine
Researchers have found that people wearing heavy backpacks perceive the hills they are climbing as steeper than people who aren’t wearing backpacks do. Read this article to find out more about how our perceptions can become distorted.
Source: BBC: Science Focus
There is a famous optical illusion with two gray lines inside a number of black and white bars. The gray bars are the same color, but they appear lighter or darker depending on which bars are around them. Science was never sure why, but it seems the answer lies in you brain’s neurons and how fast they can fire.
Source: ASAP Science
When most people think of an illusion, they think of an image or video–but there are audio illusions that trick your hearing, too. After you watch this video, you’ll have to ask yourself “Can I trust my own ears?”
Source: SciShow Psych (YouTube)
Eyewitness testimony can be really important when investigating crimes, but how can we make them more reliable? SciShow looks at the scientific and psychological evidence around several ways in which your memory can fail–and how we may be able to minimize these effects.
Source: TED Education
How good are you at basketball? What about playing an instrument? Psychological research suggests we’re not actually very good at evaluating our own abilities accurately. In fact, we frequently overestimate our own abilities thanks to something known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
Don’t let this optical illusion fool you. You won’t need to press play when you see this skyline illusion.
Source: The Guardian
An interesting new study that shows how visual working memory can influence our perception of events.
Source: Live Science
Thanks to modern neuroscience, we can understand the brain processes that take place we encounter some visual illusions. Explore this collection of popular illusions and find out how they work.
Look at the top illusions of the past year.
Watch this video to learn how an ancient civilization still influences how we view something as fundamental as time.
In this short column, a doctor dispels myths about hypnosis to finally answer that age old question: Is hypnosis real?
Proprioception is the way the human body remains aware of itself, even in darkness. Learn more about this mysterious and fascinating function of the brain in this article.
A theoretical physicist challenges the widely-accepted linear representation of time.
Can computers allow people to telepathically communicate? Read this short article and view the accompanying video to learn more about research into computer-assisted human telepathic communication.
Source: The New York Times
Is the crime rate decreasing, or skyrocketing off the charts? In which cities is crime the worst? Click this link to learn about trends in Americans’ perceptions and misperceptions related to crime.
Source: TED Ed
How did a structure as complex as the human eye come to be?
How does frequent video conferencing affect the way we see ourselves?
Source: Mental Floss
Read this article to learn about some of the ways our senses can distort our perception.
Source: The Atlantic
Are our minds playing tricks on us all the time? Click this link to watch an animated video that explains what perception and hallucination have in common.