Here Are 11 Tricks Your Mind Is Playing On You All The Time.

Guess what: your brain is totally messing you… even as we speak.

It turns out our brains are some amazing pranksters. Seriously, the amount of things we tune out or dream up without ever realizing it on a daily basis is actually pretty crazy. In fact, you’re probably doing it right now. 

I honestly don’t know what to believe anymore!

1.) Searching for patterns that don’t exist.

In 2008, Science Magazine published a study where participants were able to “see” things in TV static when they were feeling a loss of control with the world around them.

2.) Working against you in finding your own typos.

While reading, our brains don’t register every letter on a regular basis. The more familiar you are with something, like your own work, the more your brain skips over bits and pieces to get to the gist of things.

3.) Words start to sound meaningless when said over and over again.

Known as “semantic satiation,” this mental phenomenon has been studied since the early 1900s.

4.) Remembering things that didn’t actually happen.

“False memories” can be planted in our brain just by using the right inference, which is what makes witness testimonies a tricky thing.

5.) Believing your horoscope is specifically about you.

Known as the “Forer effect,” it’s named after Bertram Forer who uncovered this uncanny feeling of reliability when it comes to blanket, vague statements like in a horoscope.

6.) Having a song stuck in your head.

This can be triggered by a number of things such as the obvious repeated exposure to a song, or having a person, situation, or feeling remind you of a certain catchy tune for your brain to fixate on.

7.) Seeing, hearing, smelling or tasting something that isn’t there.

Hallucinations are more common that you might think, regardless of how you spent your time in the 1960s. They’re most common in people with sleep disorders, occurring while trying to fall asleep or just waking up. Ever jolt awake from half-asleep because you felt like you were falling?

8.) Allowing the color of your food affect the way it tastes.

Your mind communicates with your taste buds based on the way your food looks, which is probably why this ketchup never took off.

9.) Feeling someone’s pain when you see them get hurt.

Sympathy pains, actually feeling the sensation while watching someone get hurt, really do effect a substantial minority of individuals according to this 2009 study by Pain Journal.

10.) Thinking someone else’s idea is your own.

Known as cryptomnesia, memories get hidden in your mind and cause you to accidentally plagiarize someone else’s idea simply because you forgot they came up with it first like in the case of musician George Harrison unknowingly copying a similar riff in his hit song, “My Sweet Lord.”

11.) Tuning out what your brain doesn’t find important.

If you stare at the green dot in the center long enough, the yellow dots seem to disappear even though nothing is actually changing. Known as “motion-induced blindness,” this is possibly attributed to our brains clashing halves.

(via BuzzFeed.)

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We Found The Weirdest Ways To Wish Someone A Happy Birthday On Facebook

If you’re like us, you try to make the ‘happy birthday’ post on someone’s Facebook wall special for each one of your friends. But if you’re also like us and have many, many friends on Facebook (we’re very popular, you see), ultimately what happens is you look at that birthday list in the top right-hand corner and assess whether or not each friend is even worth spending precious energy to think of someone special to commemorate their birth. “Could I have done without Janine from high school being born?” you surprise yourself by wondering aloud. (Sorry Janine.)

Good news everyone! ViralNova has found some super duper weird things to post on the walls of acquaintances and loved ones alike to celebrate their birthday without having to actually think about them as a person with any kind of fondness.

First up is a series of videos from this spiritual music artist named ‘Nassiri’. Whether or not Nassiri is aware of how blessedly silly this video looks is unclear, but he has been kind enough to change the original lyrics of the chorus, “Happy Birthday, Jesus” including instead the individual names of pretty much everyone you know. The song’s got an infectious beat, a lot of awkward white people dancing and how many other people post a birthday greeting that involves a helicopter shot on a mountain?

Next are the videos from EpicHappyBirthday. As the name suggests, this is a birthday greeting of epic proportions, complete with singing dinosaurs, turtles with rocket legs, and surfboard-dudes who explode when they hit the water. You can find a personalized message for pretty much every name on their Youtube page. “Rock and roll and celebrate!”

Lastly, we have these videos from sketch group and stars of their own self-titled television series on IFC, The Birthday Boys. A Martian who goes by the name of ‘Woosh’ has come down to space to put a smile on your friend’s face. “You’re cooool!” he says with a double thumbs up. My favorite part is when he cleverly disguises when the Birthday Boys edit in your friend’s name by doing a slick spin-move dance so you can’t quite see his mouth. Again, they have personalized greetings for every name, and even one for just “Happy Birthday, You!” if you so desire.

Happy Birthday to all! Give this a share on Facebook if you’re tired of people giving you the same dead eyed “happy birthday!” ever single year. Only one exclamation point, Janine?? I thought we really jelled that semester.

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