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Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

Disappointingly, D j Vu not a Glitch in the Matrix

Ed. note: this blog was originally posted at Sleights of Mind. “Deja-Vu x”, By Doris Redrupp: http://smillakatz.blogspot.com/2011/01/deja-vu.html I hate to break it to all you Keanu Reeves fans out there, but a study from Colorado State University suggests that déjà vu is not what “happens when they change something” in the Matrix...

May 2, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the Week: Delicious Portrait

Ed. note: This blog was previously posted at Sleights of Mind. Our friend and colleague Jorge Otero-Millan has sent us a great link to René Redzepi’s food portrait.

May 1, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

A new molecular brain pathway may cause obesity

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Table_setting-01.jpg We’ve known for some time that leptin hormone deficiency leads to obesity. Your bodily fat releases leptin after you eat, which then travels in the blood stream to the brain to signal the end of hunger...

April 30, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

The Evolution of Scientific Dissemination: PeerJ Rises

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jan_van_Eyck_059.jpg In case you didn’t know, academic publishing is undergoing a major upheaval. Again. It used to be that original discoveries could only be disseminated on paper, published in books and journals, which were mostly found in university libraries because their cost was so high...

April 29, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Neuroscience in Fiction: Hannibal Lecter's Memory Palace

Ed. Note: This blog originally appeared at Sleights of Mind. Like Giotto, Dr. Lecter has frescoed the walls of his mind. ― Thomas Harris, HannibalYesterday we wrote about the memory palace of Tom Meseroll, the Master of Martial Magic, so it is fitting that this week’s Neuroscience in Fiction pick features a fictional memory palace: the mansion of reminiscence at the center of Hannibal Lecter's brilliantly twisted mind.The fragment that follows is from Thomas Harris's Hannibal, where we learn all about Dr...

April 26, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

THE MARTIAL MAGICIAN'S MEMORY PALACE

Tom Meseroll -- The Martial Magician Ed. note: This blog was originally presented at Sleights of Mind . Magicians sometimes perform seemingly impossible feats of memory, for instance, to remember the order of a "randomly shuffled" deck of cards...

April 25, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the Week: The World Illusion

Ed.note: This blog originally appeared at Sleights of Mind blog." The world is but an illusion " -- BuddhaWednesday is Illusion Day. Every Wednesday, we feature a contemporary illusion, or a variation on a classic illusion.This week's pick is a wonderful example of anamorphic art, by French artist François Abélanet...

April 24, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

I just pre-ordered my HAPIfork

Why, oh why, would I order a plastic fork, costing $89 (on-sale), 5 months before its scheduled release? Because it promises to help me control my eating speed, which, I am now convinced, is indeed critical to controlling obesity and diabetes.The fork is essentially a Bluetooth device that communicates to your smartphone and counts how many bites you take each meal...

April 23, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

The Storytelling of Science

On March 20 th , we attended a surprising event at the recently Arizona State University Origins Project ( @asuORIGINS , Facebook /ASUOriginsProject , origins.project@asu.edu ) directed by Lawrence Krauss...

April 22, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Neuroscience in Fiction: Still Alice , by Lisa Genova

Ed. note: A previous version of this post appeared on Sleights of Mind. “ Everything she did and love , everything she was , required language .”― Lisa Genova, Still Alice Harvard-trained neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova couldn’t get agents or publishers interested in her debut novel Still Alice ...

April 21, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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