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Top 10 Incredible Sound Illusions

Top 10 Incredible Sound Illusions
Weird Stuff Following the popularity of our optical illusions lists (20 Amazing Optical Illusions, and Another 10 Amazing Optical Illusions), we have put together an amazing array of sound illusions (auditory illusions). In these illusions, your mind is tricked in to thinking it is hearing something when, in fact, it is not. To get the most out of this list you should have a set of stereo headphones and a stereo sound system. Unless otherwise noted (before each audio file), you should listen to these sounds with your stereo. Laptop speakers are not suitable for most of these illusions. This illusion was discovered by Diana Deutsch, and is an example of our brains “grouping” similar notes together. There are several ways in which people perceive these sounds, but the most common is to group the high and low notes together. NOTE: Listen through stereo headphones, or stereo separated loudspeakers, best placed some distance apart. Shepherds Ascending Tones This recording is subtle. Wait! Bonus

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Musical Illusions Ready to hear some trippy stuff? Check out these audio illusions from Diana Deutsch (of Sometimes Behaves So Strangely fame). Explanations for each illusion are at the bottom the post. All the audio and explanations come from Diana Deutsch's Audio Illusions site, where you can check out her CDs for more brain-bending tracks. And let us know how it goes -- leave us a note in the comments section. Chromatic Illusion This Is Your Brain on the Internet: Syllabus, Contract, Schedule Here is the full syllabus, schedule, and grading contract for this year's seminar, "This Is Your Brain on the Internet." It promises to be a very exciting semester ahead. ISIS 120S-01, English 173S-05: “This is Your Brain on the Internet” (#TYBIcd) TEACHING TEAM:Instructor: Prof. Cathy N.

psychtalkradio Auditory Illusions: A Tour of Tricky Sounds Auditory illusions are sounds that trick us. We all mishear things at times, but well-crafted illusions are persistently deceptive. On this podcast, we string together some great illusions. As you will hear, they reveal aspects of our brains’ workings that are usually invisible. The strangest sounds in the world “You know you were told to be nice and not to heckle?” Sophie Meekings asks her audience in the dingy cellar of the North London pub. “Well, you can heckle me if you want – it’s just there’s not much point, because I won’t be able to hear you.” She’s only partly joking. Meekings is profoundly deaf and would struggle to make out the conversations around her. The subject of her talk is, in fact, hearing – and the strange tricks our ears can play on the mind.