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Pattern Recognition—Seeing What’s Not There

Lecture no. 5 from the course: Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

Pattern Recognition—Seeing What’s Not There

Taught by Professor Steven Novella | 32 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Professional Development Courses

Pattern recognition is both a cognitive strength and a weakness; sometimes our brains can perceive patterns that aren’t there. By seeing hyperactive pattern recognition at work in everything from data mining to superstitious thinking, you’ll be better equipped to sort out what’s real from what only appears to be real.

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