Discover Magazine runs a monthly column called “NeuroQuest: explore your brains inner workings.” Each month the magazine publishes a different set of activities and/or experiments to demonstrate that your brain can be tricked into seeing something that isn’t actually there. Activites from the current issue, as well as past issues, are available on-line. Also available on-line are activities with “enhanced content” (e.g., interactive animation) that are supplementary to each month’s column.
Here is a really interesting “factoid” about how the brain perceives the written word, which I came across while reading Snooze Button Dreams:
“Acocdrnig to an elgnsih unviesitry sutdy the oredr of letetrs in a wrod dosen’t mttaer, the olny thnig thta’s iopmrantt is that the frsit and lsat Ltteer of eevry word is in the crcreot ptoision. The rset can be jmbueld and one is stlil able to raed the txet wiohtut dclftfuiiy.”