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Illusion Chasers

Illusion Chasers

Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

Obsession at the Rubin Museum

The brain region underlying motivation and pleasure are directly interconnected in a loop that we neurophysiologists refer to as a circuit.

February 5, 2015 — Stephen L. Macknik

The Neuroscience of Lucid Dreams

Lucid dreams are perhaps the most bizarre perceptual experience one can have. You are asleep and dreaming, but suddenly you realize that it's all just a dream.

January 31, 2015 — Susana Martinez-Conde

A New Reverspective

One of the very strange effects of reverse perspective is that the images seem to follow you as you pass by them. As if, while you are observing them, the pictures are watching you back...

January 25, 2015 — Stephen L. Macknik

New Year's Eve and the Meaning of Life

Some scientists conclude that even though we age continuously, we ponder the passage of time more at some arbitrary points in our lives than others.

December 31, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

How Brains Know Where Things Are—Making Space by Jennifer Groh

Groh launches her book with a BIG FAT LIE: she tells us that nine-tenths of our brain power is spent determining where things are. Then she immediately admits that she just made that up, but that she'd dedicate the rest of the book to explaining why she thinks its true...

December 13, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik

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