Sunday, September 30, 2007

Mind Games

We have so many misperceptions of the world. Contributing to this are "blind spots" in the way our bodies and brains have evolved.

Here is a list of some fun sites that explore various sensory "blind spots."

(You can't trust your eyes)
Your brain will make stuff up
And it may ignore what's actually there
Things can change right in front of you and you won't notice
You can miss huge gorillas
http://www.psych.ubc.ca/~rensink/flicker/index.html
And lots of other interesting misperceptions of color, contrast, and shade

(you can't trust your ears)
http://www.exploratorium.edu/exhibits/highest_note/ex.about.fr.html
http://www.kyushu-id.ac.jp/~ynhome/ENG/Demo/illusions2nd.html

How our expectations affect what we hear:
www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/~mattd/sine-wave-speech

Vision/Sound systems affecting each other:
www.faculty.ucr.edu/~rosenblu/lab-index.html (Look for McGurk effect under Demonstrations)
www.cns.atr.jp/~kmtn/soundInducedIllusoryFlash2/index.html

How thoughts and emotions can affect how you perceive things:
https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit

So...How do you feel about witness testimony in your trial?

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