Outside Resources

App: Visual illusions for the iPad.


Book: A wonderful book about how little we know about ourselves: Wilson, T. D. (2004). Strangers to ourselves. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674013827

Book: Another wonderful book about free will—or its absence?: Wegner, D. M. (2002). The illusion of conscious will. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/illusion-conscious-will

Information on alcoholism, alcohol abuse, and treatment:


The American Psychological Association has information on getting a good night’s sleep as well as on sleep disorders


The LSD simulator: This simulator uses optical illusions to simulate the halluginogenic experience of LSD. Simply follow the instructions in this two minute video. After looking away you may see the world around you in a warped or pulsating way similar to the effects of LSD. The effect is temporary and will disappear in about a minute. https://youtu.be/fVaLddnlafc

The National Sleep Foundation is a non-profit with videos on insomnia, sleep training in children, and other topics


Video: An artist who periodically took LSD and drew self-portraits: http://www.openculture.com/2013/10/artist-draws-nine-portraits-on-lsd-during-1950s-resea­ rch-experiment.html

Video: An interesting video on attention:


Video: Clip on out-of-body experiences induced using virtual reality.

Video: Clip on the rubber hand illusion, from the BBC science series \\\\\\\”Horizon.\\\\\\\”

Video: Clip showing a patient with blindsight, from the documentary \\\\\\\”Phantoms in the Brain.\\\\\\\”

Video: Demonstration of motion-induced blindness – Look steadily at the blue moving pattern. One or more of the yellow spots may disappear:

Video: Howie Mandel from America\\\’s Got Talent being hypnotized into shaking hands with people:

Video: Imaging the Brain, Reading the Mind – A talk by Marsel Mesulam.


Video: Lucas Handwerker – a stage hypnotist discusses the therapeutic aspects of hypnosis:


Video: Ted Talk – Simon Lewis: Don\\\\\\\’t take consciousness for granted


Video: TED Talk on Dream Research:


Video: The mind-body problem – An interview with Ned Block:

Want a quick demonstration of priming? (Want a quick demonstration of how powerful these effects can be? Check out:

Web: A good overview of priming:


Web: Definitions of Consciousness:


Web: Learn more about motion-induced blindness on Michael Bach’s website:



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