Five ways your brain is fooling you, courtesy of neuroscientist Dean Burnett

You’ve probably found yourself in situations where you felt like either your memory or your perception was somehow distorted. Maybe you’d confess to having bought into a conspiracy theory, entertained a superstition or even spotted faces in random objects. If so, don’t feel bad. It’s just how the brain works – at least according to Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist at Cardiff University in Wales. In his new book, The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really Up To (HarperCollins, 2016), he enumerates some of the ways our brains succeed in tripping us up. The book is an effort to demystify the brain for the average non-scientist. It’s an exploration of the great quirks and imperfections that are hallmarks of the body’s most misunderstood organ, offering a perspective that could only come from many years…


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