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Parallels Between Mantis Shrimp and Human Color Vision

Mantis shrimp. Photo credit: Roy Caldwell

Despite tremendous differences in human versus shrimp eye structure and brain circuitry, the striking similarity between the color sensitivities of primate brain color-selective neurons and shrimp photoreceptors provides evidence of a common computational strategy across extremely divergent species.

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It’s Love’s Illusions I Recall…

Title: ‘E-motion’, by Gianni A. Sarcone

Gianni Sarcone’s illusions are beautiful and evocative of our most cherished emotion.

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Illusion of the Week: Legos and M&M’s Bulge Illusion.

Image credit: Mary Coffelt, Briena Heller, and Michael McCamy, Martinez-Conde and Macknik Laboratories, Barrow Neurological Institute

If you’ve ever played with Legos, you know that they’re all about straight lines and 90-degree corners. Not in this version of Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s “Bulge” illusion. The strategically placed purple and white M&Ms distort your perception of the Lego checkerboard, making it bulge out.

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CALL FOR ILLUSION SUBMISSIONS: THE WORLD’S 10TH ANNUAL BEST ILLUSION OF THE YEAR CONTEST

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We are happy to announce the 10th anniversary edition of world’s Best Illusion of the Year Contest. Submissions are now welcome!

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‘Tis the season to be flossing: beware of dentistry illusions

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Researchers recommend that dentists and other health practitioners receive training in “illusion awareness” (my words, not theirs), so that they may counteract these and related perceptual effects.

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Ask Me Anything: The Neuroscience of Magic at PeerJ

(c) 2013,  Courtesy of NOVA:scienceNow, WGBH

Tomorrow (Tue 16th Dec at 8 am PST) the journal PeerJ will host a live ‘Ask Me Anything’ session with us, and our collaborator Hector Rieiro (a PhD candidate in the Macknik Lab).

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Illusion of the Week: Japanese Burger-Chain Breaks the Curse of OCHOBO!

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Horking down a huge honking burger–American style–is considered unladylike in Japan. So Freshness Burger uses an unconventional approach to maintaining Ochobo–the Japanese cultural practice of maintaining small delicate mouth features in women. They use illusory replacement of the disgusting burger-eating pie-hole with the dainty and ladylike fake ochobo face mask.

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Sleights of Mind wins the Prisma Prize!

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Sleights of Mind has won the Prisma Prize, an annual science communication award to the best book of the year.

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Illusion of the week: Honda’s Illusion Medley

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This recent Honda ad showcases some striking versions of classical visual illusions

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Why you can see in the dark: it’s just a bunch of hand-waving

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A team of scientists at the Universities of Rochester and Vanderbilt has found that study participants can see, and follow with their eyes, a ghostly image of their hand, when they wave it in front of their completely occluded eyes.

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