Explore your blind spot (free ebook)

I’ve written an ebook called ‘Explore your blind spot’. It’s about, er, exploring your blind spot! In the best tradition of Mind Hacks I take you from the raw experience to the cutting edge of scientific theory. The blind spot is a simple phenomenon of our visual processing, but one we don’t notice day to day. In the ebook I talk about how it provides a great example of the way consciousness is constructed despite ‘missing’ information. Like the ebook subtitle says, the blind spot gives us an insight into the mind hides its own tracks.

The ebook is available in all major formats here and is creative commons licensed. That means it is free, not just to download but also to share. You can even edit it and pass on modified versions, as long as you keep it CC licensed.

I’ve written this book as an experiment in ebook publishing, and as a test-bed for what I think could be a good format for presenting open-source guides to the myriad interesting phenomena of psychology. If you’ve got feedback let me know.

Link to Explore your blind spot, a free ebook by Tom Stafford

5 Comments

  1. Posted December 13, 2011 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    Nice book Tom – thanks. I just discovered this today and maybe you’ll see the connection; http://cns-alumni.bu.edu/~slehar/webstuff/hr1/hr1.html

    Reification occurs automatically with no additional mechanism required, for the vibration of the resonator at its characteristic frequency automatically regenerate its characteristic pattern back on the plate. Therefore if a noisy or irregular or incomplete pattern of damping is presented on the plate, the resonance resulting from that input pattern will set up the nearest matching standing wave pattern, which in turn will activate the corresponding resonator. The vibration of that resonator in turn will reify or complete its pattern back on the plate, automatically filling-in any missing features, as suggested in figure 5 A. This property of the Harmonic Resonance model corresponds to the perceptual tendency to perceive complete objects even when portions of them are occluded.

  2. Shawn McHenry
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks for helping me find my B-spot Tom. After all these years I think I had my first optic-gasm.

  3. Posted December 14, 2011 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    Harmonic resonance is far too linear a model to apply well to brain phenomena. The entrainment of coupled attractors (limit cycles or chaotic motions) is far more plausible, but is essentially non-linear.
    To avoid getting buried in the equations, I recommend http://www.amazon.com/Dynamics-Geometry-Behavior-Ralph-Abraham/dp/0201567172.

  4. Jarmo Pystynen
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Nice stuff, Tom! Right on the spot!
    I’ve tested the basic effect several times before but it hasn’t lost its appeal yet. Have to try the face-disappearing trick in some boring meeting soon, I guess.
    Your marvellous book Mind Hacks contains such a cornucopia of interesting stuff for the larger public that you can keep up the good work for some time!

  5. Tanya
    Posted December 15, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    oh my god!awesome!!!!:)


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