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What do you see: Quick brain teaser to share this weekend

What do you see?

Ambiguous Illusion

Take a good look…you should be able to perceive two different images (but probably not at the same time). Read the rest of this entry »

Does perception equal reality? Try this quick optical illusion…

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At first glance, you probably see the nice landscape. Those branches and trees, the water, that couple at the bottom right.

Now, can you also see the baby?

Tricky, isn’t it?! The image above contains some ambiguous contours, creating the effect known as a subjective or illusory contour. The contour of the baby is created by the shapes around it. The baby’s head is on the left, the baby’s feet are against the trunk of the tree on the right.

–> For more fun mental stimulation, try these Top Brain Teasers, Games and Illusions.

What Educators and Parents Should Know About Neuroplasticity, Learning and Dance

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— The Dance for Athletes class at Glen Burnie High School performs a swing piece

Dance. Is it merely art?  Is it just recreation?  Think again.

Dance is now being studied as a pathway to enhance learning.  And, scientists say, educators and parents should take note of the movement.

Recently at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, more than 6,800 attendees paid rapt attention to renowned choreographer Mark Morris as he answered questions about Read the rest of this entry »

Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry: from DSM to brain-based RDoC, iSPOT-D and biomarkers

(Editor’s Note: this is Part 2 of the new 3-part series written by Dr. Evian Gordon drawing from his participation at the Personalized Medicine World Congress on January, 23, 2012 at Stanford University.)

Most Personalized Medicine research in Psychiatry using molecular measures alone have failed to replicate. Whilst disappointing, this is not surprising, since 80% of human 25,000 genes have some effect on the brain.

There are therefore growing efforts expanding Genomic Biomarkers in Psychiatry to Neuroimaging (all Brain-based biological and cognitive measures). Some approaches target Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Games and Optical Illusions @ National Geographic

optical illusion gamesSeveral SharpBrains friends recommend the recent 3-part National Geographic TV mini-series Brain Games focused on Perception, Attention and Memory. You can learn about the series and experiment a good number of visual illusions Here.

You may also enjoy this article on Visual Illusions in Art and Science, and these classic illusions from our own brain teaser library:
– The Muller-Lyer Illusion.
– Don’t try this with your partner, or you may fight.
– How many colors do you see in The Hermann Grid?
– This is less obvious than it may appear.
– Is this a circle or what?
– Are these 2 rows parallel?
– What do you see?

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