At times, we may look at something and think that it is moving when in reality, it is not. In some cases, this can produce a dangerous situation because it can throw us off balance but in other cases, it is just a fun optical illusion. That is what this video provides for you, a number of different illusions that not only trick your eyes, they trick your brain. You won’t believe how well they work. We’ve often used the expression that your mind is playing tricks on you, and it doesn’t always match exactly but it certainly does with [More]
There are many gifts that you could give to a young child but one that is appreciated by many children and remembered for many years is a toy train. It doesn’t matter if it is a complex train or if it is just one that is rather simple, it helps to spark the imagination and many children find themselves playing with a train set for hours. It is the perfect gift to give your child when you want them to do something other than play on the iPad. Of course, there are also other ways for you to give your [More]
When you look at an image, you would expect your brain to process the information that it receives from your eyes and to give you the reality of what is in front of you. When you look at optical illusions, however, they are designed to do the opposite. You are still taking in sensory input through the eyes and transmitting that data to the brain but what the brain sees may be quite different than what you’re actually seeing. Many people are confused as to how these types of optical illusions work. In reality, it has to do with light [More]
There are many processes that take place in the human body on an ongoing basis and in most cases, we don’t even think about them. One of those is the sense of sight and we take in information from the world around us in order to give us the guidance we need to do anything from picking up a glass of water to driving an automobile. Much of it even takes place behind the scenes without even having to think about it. What many people don’t know is that the eye is an amazing organ that can take in a [More]
When we look at the world around us, we see it in vivid colors. Those colors, including blue, red, yellow and green, are a part of our lives and we naturally assume that they exist in the world on the outside. The fact of the matter is that color actually is only how we perceive the world according to the way that light reaches our eyes. Depending on how the light reacts to the sensitivities of our light receptors, it makes a difference in how we see things. This science of seeing color is known as colorimetry and it truly [More]
When we look at the world around us, it is interesting to see the different things that are there, seemingly for our enjoyment. It seems that no matter where we look, there is something else to make us wonder or perhaps to put a smile on our face. At times, those things we see are a part of nature and at other times, they are a creation of man. Regardless of where they came from, they are a remarkable part of our world. Many people tend to have a love of life but they are especially attracted to animals. In [More]
There are many things we may appreciate about the world around us but for most people, an appreciation of art causes them to seek it regularly. It doesn’t matter if it is a painting hanging in a museum or if it is a beautiful song on the radio, it is something that helps to complete our lives in a wonderful way. Perhaps that is why we tend to surround ourselves with it regularly. There is actually a science behind art that is known as neuroesthetics. It involves the perceptions that we have to art or music and it can also [More]
There is something that is taking place within us on an ongoing basis, 24 hours every day, and we don’t ever really give it the consideration it deserves. I’m talking about our thoughts, something that is with us constantly. They happen in the brain through a complex series of electrical impulses and chemical reactions but, in the end, it gives us consciousness and the ability to reason. That is what makes the human brain so amazing. Most people are at least loosely aware that these things are happening but did you realize that you actually have a dual system in [More]
It seems as if the world is divided into two different groups of people. One of those groups tends to be outgoing and they seek other people so that they can interact with them. That group is known as extroverts. The other group is introverts and they tend to be shy and want to spend most or all of their time by themselves. Neither is right or wrong, they are just different personalities. More than likely, you have an idea of which of those groups you fit into. What might come as a surprise to you, however, is that you [More]
Our eyes pick up information from the world around us and they allow us to see the world in a way that allows us to interact with it. This not only includes the perception of color, shapes and size, it also involves motion. Like anything else in the outside world, our eyes pick up light from objects and turn that light into data that can be understood by the brain. In the case of motion, it is known as motion perception. Motion perception is defined as a process of recognizing both the speed and direction of what is in front [More]
Are you someone who enjoys science experiments? They not only help to introduce us to the world around us, there are times when they can help us to understand more about ourselves as well. This is not only true of some complex experiments that we may have done in science class, it is also true of some relatively simple experiments that we do at home as well. These are some of those simple options. The little tricks you will see in this video all involve something we have at home, paper. They are among some of the most basic tricks [More]
The world around us is truly is an amazing place. We could spend our entire lives looking into those various features of the world and we would barely even scratch the surface. Understanding the physical world around us, however, helps us to have a greater appreciation for it and may even teach us a little about ourselves as well. One part of that physical world that many of us find fascinating is magnetic forces. The magnetic forces that exist in the world are seen on a small scale, as in refrigerator magnets or even in the microscopic world. It is [More]