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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

dance

— 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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