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Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

Pain is an emotion

Our new column in Scientific American Mind is out today and it's about the illusory nature of pain, and how pain perception and severity varies with mood and circumstances.

August 8, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Neuroscience in Fiction: The Princess Bride

The novel is a wonderful read, but something that I hadn't expected is that the plot would revolve so much around the topic of pain, both psychological and physical.

August 3, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the Week: Here Comes the Sun

This week’s illusion, by vision scientist Alan Stubbs from the University of Maine, was a top ten finalist in the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

July 31, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

The Neural Magic of Hypnotic Suggestion

A new review of the scientific literature studying hypnosis, in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience, by Oakley and Halligan, discusses the potential for hypnosis to provide insights into brain mechanisms involved in attention, motor control, pain perception, beliefs and volition and also to produce informative analogues of clinical conditions.

July 29, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

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