Lecture 2 - Who's in charge here?

Who's in control – you or your brain? Your conscious thoughts are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the activity going on inside your head. Every minute your brain is bombarded with information – sights, sounds, smells, feelings – and you are aware of only a tiny fraction of it.

How does your brain decide what to trust and what to ignore, all without you even knowing? What sneaky shortcuts does it take to speed up your mental ability? Why is multi-tasking so dangerous?

Using some surprising illusions and lots of audience participation, Bruce Hood makes you say the wrong thing and fail to see what's right in front of you. Can you really believe your eyes? Possibly not!

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