“Really, I’m just guessing!” – Your brain

Alt text: You know what happens when you assert--you make an ass out of the emergency response team. Source: XKCD

We like patterns! Our brain likes to find them even when there aren’t any to be found. This podcast by Scientific American explains, very briefly, two studies that asked participants too look for trends in artificial stock market data and images in video static. In both cases the subjects found patterns were there weren’t any, this is called illusory pattern perception.

Source: Scientific American

The reason for this pattern seeking behavior is simple. Our brain needs to process a lot … Read on...

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