Illusion of Color

Color isn’t quite what you think it is.  Color is something also based on patterns that our brain has learned and then keeps using that pattern to make sense of the world around us.  If you look at the top of the cube, what color is the center square?  Look at the left-facing cube (in…

Illusions in Intuition

in·tu·i·tion [in-tü-ˈi-shən] noun A natural ability or power that makes it possible to know something without any proof or evidence : a feeling that guides a person to act a certain way without fully understanding why Intuition is Faster Try to solve the following problem quickly: A bat and ball together cost $1.10.  The bat costs…

Illusions in Attention

at·ten·tion  [uh–ten-shuhn] noun A concentration of the mind on a single object or thought, especially one preferentially selected from a complex, with a view to limiting or clarifying receptivity by narrowing the range of stimuli. Our minds are constantly being bombarded with a flood of raw data from our eyes, ears, skins and other senses. …

Illusion of Faces

Illusion of Faces Our minds are pattern matching machines.  It has spent our entire lives, finding and matching patterns in an effort to keep us alive.   Faces are an important thing to recognize, and they are all remarkably similar.  We use the features of the eyes, nose, and mouth to discriminate between two faces. …

Illusion of Perception

Look at the chess pieces below.  Most people see a light set of pieces and a dark set of pieces on differently shaded backgrounds.  This is a perceptual illusion and your brain is tricking you.  Your mind can only see the picture as a whole – taking into account the background colors as well as…