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Perception, illusions, visualization, memory, learning, and development

Perception, illusions, visualization, memory, learning, and development

We are what we think. All that we are arise with our thoughts,. With our thoughts, we make the world. Buddha

Overview

Introduction

Questioning is the basis of all learning.

Perception is an individual construction of reality, which are not snapshots of reality that can be called up to discover facts that have not been constructed and stored in our memories.

For example: if people are asked to draw a picture of a penny, you can get a variety of results, as below. Memory is a construction created by our personal experiences, biases, emotions, context, and environment.

Perceptions originate from our senses and how they are connected and stuctured in our brain.

For example, words aren't just used to describe our perceptions they are processed differently in different parts of our brain. Samples:

Brain and memory

Which penny is an accurate representation?

Hard to tell?

Memory is an inaccurate representation, not reality. Ifpennies image it isn't universal, can it be reality? See also Arguments, reasoning, logic, and proof.

Memories, such as eye witness accounts, used to be the gold standard of court testimony are becoming more and more questionable.

Eye witness facts

Priming

Memories are malleable and can be changed.

priming chart

 

Illusions

Illusion is an experience where our perceptions are different than reality.

Examples include:

Red lines illusion

Which of the red lines is longer?

 

arrows image

 

Table top illusion

Which table is longer?

 

tables sketch

 

 

Table illusion - See an animation? of one of the table tops being moved on top of the other tale top.

 

Moving dots illusion

Stare at the dots and see them move ...

 

dots image

 

People on a sidewalk illusion

Which person is smaller? Larger? Medium?

 

men at airport image

 

 

Up or Down illusion

 

Is it up or down?

 

up or down board

 

Book illusion

 

Inside or outside? Are you looking at the inside or outside of the pamphlet?

 

book cover image

 

 

Haze illusion

How Much Haze?

 

hazi illustration

 

 

Average line?

 

What is the average length of the lines?

 

Line length image

 

Scary eyes

 

Which eyes are scarier?

 

eyes image

 

eyse image and chart

 

 

Snake recognition

Snake slither - humans respond with a fight, flight, or freeze reaction to a snake in .005 seconds. They recognize it later, after the fact, at .05 maybe.

 

The brain fills in missing information


What do you recognize in the black and white image below?

image dots

 

An unconscious mind fills in the gaps.


See how your brain fills in the gaps when reading these two pieces:

  1. phony phonics &
  2. number reading

 

 

Black dots illusion

 

How many black dots?

image of squares

 

 

Skull or Lady illusion

Skull or Lady?

 

Skull

 

 

 

 

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