Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

How racism can hijack perception

If you just watched a really scary movie, a noise from another room (that you would normally ignore) could set your heart racing, as you perceive it as an intruder set to kill you rather than just the cat playing.  The same principle can apply to police shootings — did they perceive a phone as a gun just because they were primed for danger?  The article below describes how this is quite likely.  Gives a whole different perspective of the police racism problem.

The brain-heart dialogue shows how racism hijacks perception

Manos Tsakiris |14 April, 2017 | aeon

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April 16, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, psychology | , , | Leave a comment

Altering Belief in God

Interesting.

Mind control: Scientists can now make people alter their prejudices and belief in God

October 15, 2015 | International Business Times

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March 28, 2016 Posted by | brain, decision making, religion | , , , | Leave a comment