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The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris

Title The Invisible Gorilla
Author Christopher Chabris
Publisher Harmony
Release Date 2010-05-18
Category Psychology
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0307459675
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Reading this book will make you less sure of yourself—and that’s a good thing. In The Invisible Gorilla, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, creators of one of psychology’s most famous experiments, use remarkable stories and counterintuitive scientific findings to demonstrate an important truth: Our minds don’t work the way we think they do. We think we see ourselves and the world as they really are, but we’re actually missing a whole lot. Chabris and Simons combine the work of other researchers with their own findings on attention, perception, memory, and reasoning to reveal how faulty intuitions often get us into trouble. In the process, they explain: • Why a company would spend billions to launch a product that its own analysts know will fail • How a police officer could run right past a brutal assault without seeing it • Why award-winning movies are full of editing mistakes • What criminals have in common with chess masters • Why measles and other childhood diseases are making a comeback • Why money managers could learn a lot from weather forecasters Again and again, we think we experience and understand the world as it is, but our thoughts are beset by everyday illusions. We write traffic laws and build criminal cases on the assumption that people will notice when something unusual happens right in front of them. We’re sure we know where we were on 9/11, falsely believing that vivid memories are seared into our minds with perfect fidelity. And as a society, we spend billions on devices to train our brains because we’re continually tempted by the lure of quick fixes and effortless self-improvement. The Invisible Gorilla reveals the myriad ways that our intuitions can deceive us, but it’s much more than a catalog of human failings. Chabris and Simons explain why we succumb to these everyday illusions and what we can do to inoculate ourselves against their effects. Ultimately, the book provides a kind of x-ray vision into our own minds, making it possible to pierce the veil of illusions that clouds our thoughts and to think clearly for perhaps the first time. From the Hardcover edition.

Title The Invisible Gorilla And Other Ways Our Intuition Deceives Us
Author Christopher Chabris
Publisher HarperCollins UK
Release Date 2010-06-10
Category Psychology
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780007352180
Language English, Spanish, and French
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If a gorilla walked out into the middle of a basketball pitch, you’d notice it. Wouldn’t you? If a serious violent crime took place just next to you, you’d remember it, right? The Invisible Gorilla is a fascinating look at the unbelievable, yet routine tricks that your brain plays on you.

The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris

Title The Invisible Gorilla
Author Christopher Chabris
Publisher HarperCollins UK
Release Date 2010
Category Apperception
Total Pages 306
ISBN 9780007317295
Language English, Spanish, and French
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If a gorilla walked out into the middle of a basketball pitch, you'd notice it, wouldn't you? If a serious violent crime took place just next to you, you'd remember it, right? This book gives a fascinating look at the unbelievable, yet routine tricks that your brain plays on you.

Gorillas In Our Midst by Christopher Chabris

Title Gorillas in Our Midst
Author Christopher Chabris
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-06
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 0648022692
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Catalogue to accompany the exhibition Gorillas in Our Midst, at Mona (Museum of Old and New Art), 2019

The Vision Revolution by Mark Changizi

Title The Vision Revolution
Author Mark Changizi
Publisher BenBella Books
Release Date 2010-06
Category Health & Fitness
Total Pages 215
ISBN 9781935251767
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Why do human beings have binocular vision? Why do they see colour the way they do? Why do optical illusions work? And why are people able to absorb information by reading, a relatively new development from an evolutionary perspective, more readily than by hearing, which has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years? Evolutionary scientist and neurobiologist Mark Changizi answers these questions and more in The Vision Revolution, shattering previous scientific beliefs and giving readers a radically new perspective on the history and function of human vision.

The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher F. Chabris

Title The Invisible Gorilla
Author Christopher F. Chabris
Publisher Crown Pub
Release Date 2010
Category Psychology
Total Pages 306
ISBN 9780307459657
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Ig Nobel Prize in Psychology-winning creators of the famous "gorilla experiment" that demonstrated people's inattention to obvious facts draw on hundreds of creative experiments to whimsically reveal how the human race overrates its mental capacity.

Title Inattentional Blindness
Author Arien Mack
Publisher MIT Press
Release Date 1998
Category Psychology
Total Pages 273
ISBN 0262133393
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Arien Mack and Irvin Rock make the radical claim that there is no conscious perception of the visual world without attention to it. Many people believe that merely by opening their eyes, they see everything in their field of view; in fact, a line of psychological research has been taken as evidence of the existence of so-called preattentional perception. In Inattentional Blindness, Arien Mack and Irvin Rock make the radical claim that there is no such thing -- that there is no conscious perception of the visual world without attention to it. The authors present a narrative chronicle of their research. Thus, the reader follows the trail that led to the final conclusions, learning why initial hypotheses and explanations were discarded or revised, and how new questions arose along the way. The phenomenon of inattentional blindness has theoretical importance for cognitive psychologists studying perception, attention, and consciousness, as well as for philosophers and neuroscientists interested in the problem of consciousness.

Monkey Trouble by Christopher Peterson

Title Monkey Trouble
Author Christopher Peterson
Publisher Fordham Univ Press
Release Date 2017-11-07
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9780823277810
Language English, Spanish, and French
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According to scholars of the nonhuman turn, the scandal of theory lies in its failure to decenter the human. The real scandal, however, is that we keep trying. The human has become a conspicuous blind spot for many theorists seeking to extend hospitality to animals, plants, and even insentient things. The displacement of the human is essential and urgent, yet given the humanist presumption that animals lack a number of allegedly unique human capacities, such as language, reason, and awareness of mortality, we ought to remain cautious about laying claim to any power to eradicate anthropocentrism altogether. Such a power risks becoming yet another self-accredited capacity thanks to which the human reaffirms its sovereignty through its supposed erasure. Monkey Trouble argues that the turn toward immanence in contemporary posthumanism promotes a cosmocracy that absolves one from engaging in those discriminatory decisions that condition hospitality as such. Engaging with recent theoretical developments in speculative realism and object-oriented ontology, as well as ape and parrot language studies, the book offers close readings of literary works by J.M. Coetzee, Charles Chesnutt, and Walt Whitman and films by Alfonso Cuarón and Lars von Trier. Anthropocentrism, Peterson argues, cannot be displaced through a logic of reversal that elevates immanence above transcendence, horizontality over verticality. This decentering must cultivate instead a human/nonhuman relationality that affirms the immanent transcendency spawned by our phantasmatic humanness.

Science Blogging by Christie Wilcox

Title Science Blogging
Author Christie Wilcox
Publisher Yale University Press
Release Date 2016-01-01
Category Computers
Total Pages 270
ISBN 9780300197556
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Here is the essential how-to guide for communicating scientific research and discoveries online, ideal for journalists, researchers, and public information officers looking to reach a wide lay audience. Drawing on the cumulative experience of twenty-seven of the greatest minds in scientific communication, this invaluable handbook targets the specific questions and concerns of the scientific community, offering help in a wide range of digital areas, including blogging, creating podcasts, tweeting, and more. With step-by-step guidance and one-stop expertise, this is the book every scientist, science writer, and practitioner needs to approach the Wild West of the Web with knowledge and confidence.

Gorillas In Our Midst by Richard Fairgray

Title Gorillas in Our Midst
Author Richard Fairgray
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2015-04-14
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 9781632208378
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Gorillas can be hard to spot, because they are masters of disguise and really good at hiding. Gorillas often have jobs where they get to wear masks—that’s why so many gorillas are surgeons, astronauts, scuba divers, and ninjas. There are adult gorillas and kid gorillas. There are even gorillas that go to school with you. You may think you’ve seen a gorilla swinging by before, but it’s much more likely that he was an orangutan—orangutans are terrible at hiding. You will know when there are lots of gorillas living in your midst because the grocery stores will be entirely out of bananas. In fact, you should always carry a banana with you, because you never know when there might be a gorilla around. Gorillas in Our Midst is all silliness and fun, and is destined to become a new favorite. Comic artist Richard Fairgray’s illustrations are filled with wonderful details for kids to discover with each read. Kids will love spotting the gorillas on each page and are sure to laugh out loud at the gorillas’ many disguises. And, of course, a story like this can’t end without a surprising twist! Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Title In the Kingdom of Gorillas
Author Bill Weber
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2012-01-10
Category Nature
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781439128534
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When Bill Weber and Amy Vedder arrived in Rwanda to study mountain gorillas with Dian Fossey, the gorilla population was teetering toward extinction. Poaching was rampant, but it was loss of habitat that most endangered the gorillas. Weber and Vedder realized that the gorillas were doomed unless something was done to save their forest home. Over Fossey's objections, they helped found the Mountain Gorilla Project, which would inform Rwandans about the gorillas and the importance of conservation, while at the same time establishing an ecotourism project -- one of the first anywhere in a rainforest -- to bring desperately needed revenue to Rwanda. In the Kingdom of Gorillas introduces readers to entire families of gorillas, from powerful silverback patriarchs to helpless newborn infants. Weber and Vedder take us with them as they slog through the rain-soaked mountain forests, observing the gorillas at rest and at play. Today the population of mountain gorillas is the highest it has been since the 1960s, and there is new hope for the species' fragile future even as the people of Rwanda strive to overcome ethnic and political differences.

Quirkology by Richard Wiseman

Title Quirkology
Author Richard Wiseman
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Release Date 2011-03-04
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780330526050
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ever wondered why bad musicians always win the Eurovision Song Contest, or how incompetent politicians get elected? You need some Quirkology in your life. While other scientists beaver away on obvious problems, Richard Wiseman has been busy uncovering the secret ingredients of charisma, exploring how our personalities are shaped by when we are born and examining why people usually miss the obvious signs of their partner's infidelity. Using scientific methods to investigate offbeat topics that interest the general public as well as the scientific community, Quirkology brings a new understanding to the backwaters of the human mind and takes us to places where mainstream scientists fear to tread. Comparable to Freakonomics, but British, far more populist, and a lot funnier. Findings include: How does your surname influence your life? What does the way you walk reveal about your personality? Why should women have men write their personal ads? What is the funniest joke in the world?

Sway by Ori Brafman

Title Sway
Author Ori Brafman
Publisher Crown Business
Release Date 2008-06-03
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 224
ISBN 0385526776
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A fascinating journey into the hidden psychological influences that derail our decision-making, Sway will change the way you think about the way you think. Why is it so difficult to sell a plummeting stock or end a doomed relationship? Why do we listen to advice just because it came from someone “important”? Why are we more likely to fall in love when there’s danger involved? In Sway, renowned organizational thinker Ori Brafman and his brother, psychologist Rom Brafman, answer all these questions and more. Drawing on cutting-edge research from the fields of social psychology, behavioral economics, and organizational behavior, Sway reveals dynamic forces that influence every aspect of our personal and business lives, including loss aversion (our tendency to go to great lengths to avoid perceived losses), the diagnosis bias (our inability to reevaluate our initial diagnosis of a person or situation), and the “chameleon effect” (our tendency to take on characteristics that have been arbitrarily assigned to us). Sway introduces us to the Harvard Business School professor who got his students to pay $204 for a $20 bill, the head of airline safety whose disregard for his years of training led to the transformation of an entire industry, and the football coach who turned conventional strategy on its head to lead his team to victory. We also learn the curse of the NBA draft, discover why interviews are a terrible way to gauge future job performance, and go inside a session with the Supreme Court to see how the world’s most powerful justices avoid the dangers of group dynamics. Every once in a while, a book comes along that not only challenges our views of the world but changes the way we think. In Sway, Ori and Rom Brafman not only uncover rational explanations for a wide variety of irrational behaviors but also point readers toward ways to avoid succumbing to their pull.

Title The People Who Watched Her Pass by
Author Scott Bradfield
Publisher ReadHowYouWant.com
Release Date 2010-10-01
Category Kidnapping victims
Total Pages 216
ISBN 9781459601000
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Brave and unforgettable. Scott Bradfield creates a country for the reader to wander through, holding Sal's hand, assuming goodness."" -Los Angeles Times ""Scott Bradfield is an other world writer. There is an inarguable wholeness to [The People Who Watched Her Pass By], as in certain dreams.""-Rain Taxi ""Drive[s] straight into the Zen void at the heart of the classic road."" Book forum ""A wake-up call shouting Bradfield's humorously erudite take on modern American life."" WOSU In his fifth novel, Scott Bradfield delivers an arresting and unsentimental childhood voice. Salome Jensen is three years old when she is taken from her home by the man who fixes the hot water heater. As Sal drifts through Laundromats and peoples homes, she develops a perspective of the world and an understanding of its people more meaningful than the most erudite observer could muster. Sal is never a victim or abused, shes simply a child providing a humorous and fresh take on society. The People Who Watched Her Pass By is often hilarious as well as startling, and it is a poignant new contribution to the body of literature of a respected prose craftsman.

Champions Of Illusion by Susana Martinez-Conde

Title Champions of Illusion
Author Susana Martinez-Conde
Publisher Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date 2017-10-24
Category Medical
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9780374718398
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A full-color celebration of stunning visual illusions and the science behind them In Champions of Illusion, Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik present a smorgasbord of mystifying images, many selected from their Best Illusion of the Year Contest. Whether it’s false motion, tricks of perspective, or shifting colors, Champions of Illusion is packed with adventures in visual perception. If you have ever found yourself face-to-face with an utterly bewildering illusion, you know the powerful effect such images have on the mind. The question we often ask ourselves is, How is that possible? Martinez-Conde and Macknik, who study the intersection of neuroscience, illusions, and stage magic, explain just why we think we see the things we see. The Best Illusion of the Year Contest draws entries from vision scientists, artists, magicians, and mathematicians bent on creating today’s most beguiling illusions. Featuring the contest’s most bizarre effects and unbelievable mind tricks, along with classic illusions and illuminating descriptions of what is actually going on in your brain when you are deceived by visuals on the page, Champions of Illusion is an electrifying mix of science and magic that you will not soon forget.

Women On Top by Margaret Heffernan

Title Women on Top
Author Margaret Heffernan
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2008-02-26
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781101201862
Language English, Spanish, and French
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More women are starting successful businesses than ever before. But what makes women leaders different? And how can others learn to capitalize on their strengths? Through interviews with hundreds of women entrepreneurs, Margaret Heffernan discovered that women are more values-oriented, more flexible, and less ego-driven than their male counterparts; as a result they're creating company cultures that are better able to meet the demands of the new economy. Heffernan's stories about real women making really serious profits is a must- read for all entrepreneurs-male or female, whether well established or just starting up-as well as anyone seeking to understand what it takes to do business today.

Did You Spot The Gorilla by Richard Wiseman

Title Did You Spot The Gorilla
Author Richard Wiseman
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2011-06-30
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 128
ISBN 9781446440872
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In a recent series of ground-breaking psychological experiments, volunteers were shown a 30-second film of some people playing basketball and told to count the number of passes made with the ball. After just a few seconds, a man dressed as a gorilla slowly walked into frame, beat his chest at the camera, and sauntered off. Unbelievably, almost none of the people watching the film noticed the gorilla. Exactly the same psychological mechanisms that cause people to miss the gorilla also make them miss unexpected but vitally important opportunities in their professional and personal lives. This book outlines the scientific evidence and thinking behind this remarkable new phenomenon, and shows you how you can spot gorillas in your life - and what to do when you see one.

Now You See It by Cathy N. Davidson

Title Now You See It
Author Cathy N. Davidson
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2011-08-18
Category Science
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781101517727
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A digital innovator shows how we can thrive in the new technological age. When Cathy Davidson and Duke University gave free iPods to the freshman class in 2003, critics said they were wasting their money. Yet when students in practically every discipline invented academic uses for their music players, suddenly the idea could be seen in a new light-as an innovative way to turn learning on its head. This radical experiment is at the heart of Davidson's inspiring new book. Using cutting-edge research on the brain, she shows how "attention blindness" has produced one of our society's greatest challenges: while we've all acknowledged the great changes of the digital age, most of us still toil in schools and workplaces designed for the last century. Davidson introduces us to visionaries whose groundbreaking ideas-from schools with curriculums built around video games to companies that train workers using virtual environments-will open the doors to new ways of working and learning. A lively hybrid of Thomas Friedman and Norman Doidge, Now You See It is a refreshingly optimistic argument for a bold embrace of our connected, collaborative future.

Title Why Red Doesn t Sound Like a Bell
Author J. Kevin O'Regan
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2011-08-01
Category Psychology
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780199777471
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The book starts by analyzing the problem of how we can see so well despite what, to an engineer, might seem like horrendous defects of our eyes. An explanation is provided by a new way of thinking about seeing, the "sensorimotor" approach. In the second part of the book the sensorimotor approach is extended to all sensory experience. It is used to elucidate an outstanding mystery of consciousness, namely why, unlike today's robots, humans actually can feel things. The approach makes predictions and opens research avenues, among them the phenomena of change blindness, sensory substitution, and "looked but failed to see", as well as results on color naming and color perception and the localisation of touch on the body.

The Invisible Garden by Valérie Picard

Title The Invisible Garden
Author Valérie Picard
Publisher Orca Book Publishers
Release Date 2019-04-09
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 64
ISBN 9781459822139
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A young girl and her family travel from the city to the country to celebrate her grandmother's birthday. Someone suggests that Arianne, as the only child at the party, might enjoy exploring the garden more than listening to the adults chat. Arianne is unsure what to do in the quiet garden, and she soon lies down out of boredom. But then she spots a pebble . . . and a grasshopper . . . and flies away on a dandelion seed pod into the cosmos as she discovers the freedom of her imagination. With very little text, this book lets the illustrations tell the charming story of a child carried away into a world much bigger than herself.