Saturday, April 12, 2014

How to have an out of body experience

You can have an out of body experience right now, and it isn’t even that hard. Some people can do it more easily than others, and it may take a little practice. But it is something that anybody can do, and it can be done scientifically.
Senses and the self

Let’s start with a question: Where do you feel like the center of your “self” is right now? Most people feel like the center of their consciousness—the vantage from which they are experiencing the world—is somewhere behind their eyes. This makes sense: Your eyes are there, your ears are there, and even your mouth and your nose are there. Four out of five of your senses are all focused in a single area, so it’s no surprise that you feel like the center of your self is “in your head.”

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Cognitive Bias

A cognitive bias is a pattern of deviation in judgement, whereby inferences about other people and situations may be drawn in an illogical fashion. Individuals create their own “subjective social reality” from their perception of the input. An individual’s construction of social reality, not the objective input, may dictate their behaviour in the social world. Thus, cognitive biases may sometimes lead to perceptual distortion, inaccurate judgement, illogical interpretation, or what is broadly called irrationality.

Fundamental Attribution Error (FAE)

Confirmation bias

Self-serving bias

Belief bias  


Hindsight bias

Friday, April 04, 2014

An Optical Illusion For Your Ears

...a visual stimulus can actually change what you hear, a phenomenon known as the McGurk effect!

The McGurk effect is a perceptual phenomenon that demonstrates an interaction between hearing and vision in speech perception. The illusion occurs when the auditory component of one sound is paired with the visual component of another sound, leading to the perception of a third sound.[1] The visual information a person gets from seeing a person speak changes the way they hear the sound.