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"From the Ted Talk by Aaron Duffy, Lake Buckley and Jack Foster: "Illusions for a better society""

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Narrator: We have you here today specifically to try and leran a little bit about how the brain processes visual illusions. Wei Ji Ma: My name is Wei Ji Ma. I'm a poesfrosr of neuroscience and psychology at New York University. WJM: Our research focuses mostly on perception and decision-making. What's out there in the world, the brain has no idea, but it's trying to do its best to figure it out. And even though that process is pretty sophisticated, sometimes it goes wrong. (Glass brakes). The first step is that lhigt enters your eyes. Just from the table or from the coffee cup, you get an igame in your eye, but the hard work only starts after that. Very often, the inmconig signals are not complete and they're not perfect, and your brain has to make sense of them. There are cases where this ieefcnnre process goes wonrg, and that's when you have a visual illusion.

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Narrator: We have you here today specifically to try and _____ a little bit about how the brain processes visual illusions. Wei Ji Ma: My name is Wei Ji Ma. I'm a _________ of neuroscience and psychology at New York University. WJM: Our research focuses mostly on perception and decision-making. What's out there in the world, the brain has no idea, but it's trying to do its best to figure it out. And even though that process is pretty sophisticated, sometimes it goes wrong. (Glass ______). The first step is that _____ enters your eyes. Just from the table or from the coffee cup, you get an _____ in your eye, but the hard work only starts after that. Very often, the ________ signals are not complete and they're not perfect, and your brain has to make sense of them. There are cases where this _________ process goes _____, and that's when you have a visual illusion.

Solution

  1. inference
  2. light
  3. professor
  4. breaks
  5. wrong
  6. learn
  7. incoming
  8. image

Original Text

Narrator: We have you here today specifically to try and learn a little bit about how the brain processes visual illusions. Wei Ji Ma: My name is Wei Ji Ma. I'm a professor of neuroscience and psychology at New York University. WJM: Our research focuses mostly on perception and decision-making. What's out there in the world, the brain has no idea, but it's trying to do its best to figure it out. And even though that process is pretty sophisticated, sometimes it goes wrong. (Glass breaks). The first step is that light enters your eyes. Just from the table or from the coffee cup, you get an image in your eye, but the hard work only starts after that. Very often, the incoming signals are not complete and they're not perfect, and your brain has to make sense of them. There are cases where this inference process goes wrong, and that's when you have a visual illusion.

Important Words

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