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Anthropology in Practice

Anatomy of a Superstition: When Your Eye “Jumps”

Ed Note: Our foray into the spooky and superstitious continues with this look at a popular West Indian belief. This post originally appeared on AiP on October 25, 2010—and it was selected as a ResearchBlogging Editor’s Selection! Trinidadians have a rich collection of superstitions, many of which found their way to the island via colonialism. These [...]

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Illusion Chasers

Eyes Wide Shut: Laurie Simmons’s Gaze Illusions


The latest project of photographer Laurie Simmons, who has previously portrayed life-like dolls in everyday poses, features live subjects with doll gazes. The models are photographed with their eyes closed, but look all-seeing: their eyelid makeup consists of hyper realistic doll-eye depictions. The mix is not apparent at first sight, even as the uncanny gazes follow the exhibit visitors around the gallery.

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MIND Guest Blog

To Patch a Visual Gap, Turn That Text Around

Fixation maps

Reader, be proud. You’re a perceptual expert. As you read, your eyes alternately focus and move along each line of text in a seamless sequence honed over years of practice. Reading, recognizing faces and distinguishing colors or musical tones are all forms of perceptual expertise. To appreciate the visual skill involved in reading, turn a [...]

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Fight over Sriracha Factory Simmers Down


Sriracha fans, you can breathe easy (and stop hoarding bottles of chili sauce)—the #srirachapocalypse has definitively ended. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported yesterday that the city of Irwindale, Calif. dropped its lawsuit and public nuisance complaint against Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods. The legal conflict between Irwindale and Huy Fong began last fall when [...]

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How Physics Can Help Patients with Macular Degeneration

Amsler grid as it might appear to someone with age-related macular degeneration. A new idea uses software or an optic slab to correct a patient’s specific visual distortion. Credit: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health. Source page 14 Walter Kohn, who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1998 “for his development of [...]

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