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The brain: perception and illusion
Michael Mosley, as part of Brain Week on The One Show, investigates how we can use illusions to trick the perception of our brains. He begins in a museum of 'visual trickery' where he shows us several fascinating illusions (including a complex one involving tilting an entire room). Michael then shows a second set of illusions on a computer screen and explains how each illusion works. He ends by saying that even though our brains are the most sophisticated things in the known universe, we are still able to fool them.
First broadcast on 'The One Show' on BBC One in February 2010.
Could be used to show the difference between normal perception and illusion. Can be used very effectively as a fun introduction to teaching the brain in Biology lessons at any level. Students could then be given more optical illusions (on paper or computer screens) to investigate and explain themselves.
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