What Are Hallucinations?

a vision of skulls in the clouds

a vision of skulls in the cloudsMagicians explore alternative spheres, sometimes experimenting with dreams and visions. This month, Smithsonian discusses hallucinations, explaining “It may be our brains overriding what is there with what it expects to see, according to new research.”

“Vision is a constructive process—in other words, our brain makes up the world that we ‘see’,” explains lead author Christoph Teufel from Cardiff University, in a press release. “It fills in the blanks, ignoring the things that don’t quite fit, and presents to us an image of the world that has been edited and made to fit with what we expect.”

Where Do Hallucinations Come From? It May Just Be What You’ve Seen.


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