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American film director, Don Siegel, is best known for his work with Clint Eastwood including Coogan's Bluff (1968), the iconic police thriller Dirty Harry (1971) and the prison drama Escape from Alcatraz (1979). Siegel also directed one of the great sci fi films Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), the noir classic The Kllers (1964) as well as John Wayne's final film, the 1976 Western, The Shootist.
Try these memory and concentration challenges for yourself. How did you go? Why is it a bad idea to text and drive? How do men and women's brains differ?
This clip from Brain Games shows how we are influenced to more quickly believe a news headline with a picture than one that contains just text. Our brains take a shortcut to reach conclusions more quickly, this is known as heuristics. How can this be advantageous in life? Then think of some examples where it might be less so.
This clip from Brain Games illustrates our tendency to believe something the more times we hear it. This is called 'the illusory effect' or 'the reiteration effect'. It's important to be aware of this effect so we are more inclined to fact check something even when we have heard it several times. Can you think of an example where this could have a negative effect in real life? Is it possible to ensure you don't fall victim to the 'illusory effect'?
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