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Many not only feel dissatisfied with their bodies, they actually believe they are heavier than they really are. from

Size is largely in the mind: how your body image can change in two minutes

Staring at one thing for a long time can cause you to see the next thing in the opposite fashion. This neural adaptation could be the underlying physiological basis of body-size misperception.
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Tricking the brain: how magic works

Pretty much all of our perception is an illusion, whether we’re walking down the street or attempting to decode the latest card trick.
The difference between “real” time, measured by clocks, and our own sense of time can sometimes seem enormous. Seán Ó Domhnaill/Flickr

How did it get so late so soon? Why time flies as we get older

While few will dispute that a minute comprises 60 seconds, the perception of time can vary dramatically from person to person and from one situation to the next. Time can race, or it can drag.
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Feeling anxious makes it harder to stop feeling anxious

Anxious people tend to perceive their world in a more threatening way. That is, the more anxious a person is, the more likely they are to notice threatening things around them. This is called the threat…
Are you feeling warm or cold by the colours? Flickr/Joe

Is red warmer than blue? What colours can tell you

In a typical kitchen or bathroom you often find the hot and cold water taps labelled red and blue. It’s common practice in industrial and interior design in many parts of the world to present information…

The brain sees what the eye doesn’t

The brain interprets visual information that isn’t consciously recognised. Participants in a US study were shown a series…

Snoozing improves waking memory

Sleep helps lock in visual learning, according to new research from Brown University. The study observed the brain activity…
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Predicting what your food smells like just got easier

Familiar everyday odours such as coffee and red wine are produced by a blend of different substances. Given that we know aroma is nothing but a mix of volatile chemicals, can we understand them enough…

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