Ep 199: Depth Perception – How Your Brain Sees What’s Not There

Depth Perception Before & After

How do you create a sense of depth in a flat image? In this video I'll show you how to use 5 cues of depth perception to turn a flat image into one that looks like it has depth. I'll be drawing from terms you would learn about in a chapter from a psychology text on Sensation and Perception. We'll have a little fun exploring how we can use what your brain expects to see to trick it into seeing what we want it to see. … [Read more...]

Episode 121: Top 10 Psychology Apps for the iPad, iPhone, & iPod

Best Psychology Apps on the iPad/iPhone

I show you 10 of what I consider to be the best psychology apps in the app store. There are a lot of psychology apps and many are not so good, but in this episode I pick out what I consider to be credible therapy apps, excellent mind mapping tools, relaxation apps, and some of the best 3 dimensional ways to look at the brain. Here are three apps created, maintained and constantly updated by me - Michael A. Britt, Ph.D.: PsycExplorer - the psychology news app which contains all the latest news, audio and video from experts in the field. PsycExplorer for iPhone/iPod and PsycExplorerHD … [Read more...]

Episode 75: Science Proves Subliminal Tapes Work! Well….not really

Do subliminal messages in self-help tapes really work? There actually is some evidence that people can be influenced by subliminal messages. Can your self-esteem be raised with subliminal tapes? Can subliminal persuasion help you lose weight? Are there subliminal messages in Disney files? Are there subliminal messages in advertising that can make you buy certain products? These questions answered once and for all at The Psych Files podcast. Resources on Subliminal Messages Pratkanis, A.R., Eskenazi, J., Greenwald, A. J. (1994). What You Expect is What You Believe but Not … [Read more...]

Episode 31: Lemon Slices and a New Face on Mars! Gestalt Principles at Work

The gestalt principles of perception - how do they work? How do they explain the fact that we sometimes perceive strange things, and how we can appreciate works of art? In this episode I take a close look at why people see a lot of strange things around them - including me. We'll see images on lemon slices, on Mars, and on building tops. Why do we perceive these things? [adsenseyu2] Resources on Gestalt Principles … [Read more...]

Virgin Mary on a Lemon Slice? I got ya beat.

Perhaps you've heard about the Texas police officer who saw the face of the Virgin Mary in a lemon slice. If you haven't heard about the story or seen the pictures, click here to learn more. I've been holding onto a photo for a while which I believe, if you look at it just right, looks like another familiar biblical figure. Take a look and see if you see what I see. Of course, what I also see is the power of the Gestalt principle of "closure" - our tendency to complete incomplete images and to see patterns where they do - and often do not - exist. What do you think? Click on the images … [Read more...]