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Alan Nie AP Psychology Myth #9. Seeing is Not Believing. Unlike cameras, our brains do not just project the environment into our consciousness We add our own feelings and thoughts to what is seen Different mindsets portray different views on a subject

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myth 9 we see the world as it is

Unlike cameras, our brains do not just project the environment into our consciousness

    • We add our own feelings and thoughts to what is seen
  • Different mindsets portray different views on a subject
    • Beliefs have everything to do with how we see the world
  • Sometimes the brain makes mistakes, replacing a picture with something else
  • All these reasons sometimes make an image not what it seems
Myth #9- we see the world as it is
point of view

In early August this mural drew up a comment firestorm online when Fox 25 reported it as a story

    • They asked passerby (and later online) what the mural looked like
  • Many of those who responded said that it looked like a terrorist, some even saying words too offensive to quote
Point of View
  • All this goes with the idea that people’s beliefs dictate what they see
  • In this case, Americans have been at war for years, fighting terrorism in the Middle East, a mainly Muslim region
  • This caused people to unfairly associate the Muslim people with terrorism
  • Os Gêmeos, the two Brazilian artists who drew the mural, intended the art to be a little boy with a red jacket around his head
  • Prejudice still is a huge force in the world, by religion, race, or history; their viewpoint swayed by personal opinion
tricks of the mind

There are many ways to confuse the mind

The mind’s search for patterns, when none show up, ends up as a illusion

Desert mirages, caused by bent light rays in the desert, creates a image out of nothing

Optical illusions, notably by M. C. Escher, confuse by making the painting illogical, blurring lines (literally) between height and distance

Stage magic uses this plenty, often distracting the audience’s attention to *poof* make the impossible possible

Tricks of the mind
sources

http://www.mcescher.com/Biography/biography.htm -Escher picture and information

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Street-art-mural-stirs-racial-debate-in-Boston/27012 -controversial mural in Dewey Square, Boston

http://www.unurth.com/Os-Gemeos-Blu-Lisbon-1 -another Os Gemeos piece

http://www.opticalillusioncollection.com/2010/06/flower-vase-or-pair-of-face.html -vase (or goblet or fancy margarita glass) illusion

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Top-Ten-Myths-About-the-Brain.html -actual article and myth used in this presentation

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ScintillatingGridIllusion.html -grid illusion

http://vyanks.blogspot.com/2010/07/inception-dream.html -never ending staircase

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voAntzB7EwE&feature=BFa&list=PL1ED3DD7FFE1BA7B1 –video, the power of distraction

Sources