QualiaSoup looks at various reasons for how superstitions arise and why, citing research that has been conducted over the last few decades, including the study of superstitious behavior in pigeons.
A very interesting look at our perception of the world around us, and how our perception of what is occurring is based on sensory systems that don’t gather all the details we may think they do.
This 2009 video from The Science of Scams looks at psychic readings, and why they always seem to be accurate.
The halo effect, a cognitive bias, being demonstrated during a series called “the science of attraction”.
This popped up over on OpenCulture.com; While this 1962 episode of Candid Camera makes for a good laugh, it demonstrating something important about human psychology — “The Lucifer Effect”
Most mindless submission to group norms have entirely innocuous results.
But, in other cases, it can lead to “good people engaging in evil actions”, such as the Stanford Prison Experiment or the abuses at Abu Ghraib.
A sobering thought.
This video popped up on Facebook the other day; it’s a beautiful look at Magic, Art, how we deceive ourselves.
Take a look & share it around.
Check this out. I still don’t get it!
Follow the instructions and focus on the cross!
Of the effect, the researchers say:
The effect seems to depend on processing each face in light of the others. By aligning the faces at the eyes and presenting them quickly, it becomes much easier to compare them, so the differences between the faces are more extreme. If someone has a large jaw, it looks almost ogre-like. If they have an especially large forehead, then it looks particularly bulbous.
The research is conducted at the University of Queensland — Tangen, J. M., Murphy, S., & Thompson, M. B. (2011). Flashed face distortion effect: Grotesque faces from relative spaces. Perception advance online publication, doi:10.1068/p6968 [Abstract]