05/31/2014 09:30 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How Simple Illusions Can Alter Our Perception Of The World Around Us

We're familiar with the mind games and tricks magicians use on a daily basis -- but what if we can take those "hacks" and apply them to our own perceptions?

In the Brainwave clip above, sleight-of-hand specialist Apollo Robbins explains that while it's their job as artists to deceive the mind, we can also tap into this wisdom in order to focus on the important imagery around us. This ability to tap into human behavior, Apollo explains, can open up a world of insight.

"When you look at all this massive data that comes in from our senses, and it all has to come in through this central point, it's really interesting that we can identify the filter that our mind is using to select what it thinks is relevant and what it's going to forget," he said. "If you can bias that, or if you can figure out how that prioritizes, you can change someone's reality."

Apollo and psychologist Marisa Carrasco also discussed the theory of how an observation of an event, orienting yourself to that observation, making a decision and then acting on that decision all stem from a first perception of reality. Robbins detailed how this "OODA loop," a method developed by military strategist John Boyd, can be applied in multiple areas of our daily lives.

"This [method] kind of extended to social interactions, now it's taught in business and different areas," Robbins said. "There's a lot of these relationships that are kind of symbiotic ... of how we can help each other."

For more on illusions and the brain, check out the video above.


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