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Perception

Into the Hole! Terror and Survival

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.01.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Some people find holes -- and images of holes -- deeply upsetting, even terrifying. These people suffer from a common but little-known phobia known as trypophobia. As with most irrational fears, the origins of trypophobia are unknown.

Time to Get Real: The Riddle of Perception

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

A rose has no color until the visual cortex of the brain processes the information from photons striking the retina. That is indisputable. But nobody can spot how a neuron in the visual cortex suddenly "sees" red.

Mind-Made Reality: Color and Perception With Deepak Chopra

The Chopra Well | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
The Chopra Well

Perception, as Deepak says, is mind-made. Perhaps no two sets of eyes will see exactly the same rose, and it may be frustrating when our experiences don't align perfectly with someone else's.

Being Vigilant: Waking Up From Our Self-Slumber

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

The intention behind self-vigilance is to stimulate a degree of awareness so that a person may be in a better position to observe their forms of conditioning (physical, mental, and emotional). A person can then develop upon this knowledge to gain a better understanding of themselves.

Two Tails on the Road to Redemption

Rob White | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

I thought about how crazy off-based I was about Joe. And then I began to wonder: How many other people had I misjudged because of my preconceptions based on their outward image and demeanor?

Feel Like a Butterfly, See Like a Bee? The Mystery of Perception

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

No philosopher using deduction or researcher using brain scans has been able to prove with certainty that our perception of the world matches "reality as it is out there."

Revitalizing Our Creative Energies

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

Managing and revitalizing our creative energies is all about placing our attention onto the awareness of our physical, mental, and emotional energies. Once we can learn to place our attention onto these issues, it may surprise us how our perceptions begin to change!

The (Really Scary) Invisible Gorilla

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.31.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

What the invisible gorilla study shows is that if we are paying very close attention to one thing, we often fail to notice other things in our field of vision -- even very obvious things. What if this perceptual quirk has serious, even life-threatening, implications?

Breaking the Spell: Dealing With a Distracting Reality

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

In a modern global world that increasingly encourages a 24/7 connected lifestyle, it is important that each of us manages to find balance, harmony, and coherence within our inner states.

Who Is the Real You?

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 12.11.2012 | TED Weekends
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post. Who is the real you? Do people admire you for what you possess or for who you are? A number of years ago,...

On Our Perceptions Of Physical Beauty

Sam Sommers | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Sam Sommers

Just what, exactly, can we learn from a pretty face? Because despite axiomatic warnings to the contrary, when we meet other people we spend an awful lot of time judging books by their covers.

Crash! Collisions in the Mind's Eye

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.28.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that automobile drivers are routinely misjudging motorcycles' distance and speed, and that this misperception is somehow related to the motorcycles' size?

Reality Is in the Context of the Beholder

Jason Silva | Posted 01.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Jason Silva

2012-11-16-genericvidpullWe can never really know anything outside of its context, even things we are looking at with our eyes. After gasping at how easily our eyes can be fooled, I found myself thinking of the role of context in many other situations.

Are You Right? What Makes You So Sure?

Tom Cornwall | Posted 01.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Tom Cornwall

2012-11-15-lottopullWe all like to think that we are right. And we will often go to great lengths to persuade others that our view is the right view. But what Beau Lotto reveals in his powerful TEDTalk is that our reality is merely a perception and, "the light that falls on your eye is meaningless."

Reality: What a Concept!

Mario Livio | Posted 01.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Mario Livio

2012-11-15-lottopullOptical illusions reflect limitations in our perception of physical reality. But what really is physical reality? While dozens of philosophers have struggled for millennia with attempts to directly answer this question, modern science settled on a more modest goal -- how can we explain reality's behavior?

Optical Illusions Show How We See

Beau Lotto | Posted 01.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Beau Lotto

2012-11-15-lottopullA blue sky is a contradiction: the sky at night is devoid of colour, so why during the day does the world seem to be shrouded in a blanket of blue?

Learning How To See

Annette Poizner | Posted 01.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Annette Poizner

In a world that gives the impression that "what you see is what you get," how can we train ourselves to access more information? How can we -- and our kids -- actually learn how to see when we are all inundated by imagery that, on one level, is blinding?

How Your Sense of Rhythm Makes You Hallucinate

Ben Thomas | Posted 09.11.2012 | Science
Ben Thomas

A new research project has people seeing ghosts. By flashing an image on a screen in synch with signal rhythms in certain brain areas, scientists are making people hallucinate the image even after it's disappeared. This happens for a simple reason.

A Mountainous Riddle: The View From Cornfield Creek

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Our perception of the world is filtered through our emotions, especially fear and caution. Proffitt and his many colleagues and students have come to believe that we don't all "see" the same world with the same topography.

Why I Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 11.11.2012 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

We don't often take notice of the things that make our lives easier, but they are silently there, providing a balance for all those little annoyances.

'Perception' Renewed For Second Season

Posted 08.17.2012 | TV

"Perception" has been renewed for a second season. The TNT drama, which stars Eric McCormack as a schizophrenic neuroscience professor who works with ...

The Power of Forgiving

Lanny Morton | Posted 10.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Lanny Morton

I had something happen that I think will change me forever, and I felt compelled to share it with you even though it is pretty personal.

Looking for Trouble (and Seeing It)

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.09.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Scientists and clinicians are interested in the dynamic interaction of perception and aggression. Looking for trouble, and seeing it, may be a deep cognitive bias--a negativity bias--that distorts normal emotional processing.

Cary Elwes A Figment Of Eric McCormack's Mind On 'Perception'

Posted 09.30.2012 | TV

"Perception" (Mon., 10 p.m. ET on TNT) may have hit on a way to stand out from the crowd of crime procedurals across the television airwaves. One of t...

Eric McCormack's Tired of People Only Seeing Him As 'Will'

Posted 07.25.2012 | TV

Eric McCormack is challenging himself on his new role, as well as apparently challenging some of his long-time fans. He went on "Conan" (Weeknights, 1...