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Illusion Chasers

Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

Parallels between Shrimp and Human Color Vision

Parallels between Shrimp and Human Color Vision

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.

March 20, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik
Daniel Suarez's Influx Is Super Fluxing Bitchin'!

Daniel Suarez's Influx Is Super Fluxing Bitchin'!

I loved the book, and couldn't--wouldn't--didn't--set it down. With Influx, Daniel Suarez becomes the master, and Michael Crichton should be honored by the comparison.

February 28, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik
Its Loves Illusions I Recall

Its Loves Illusions I Recall

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

February 14, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik
Ask Me Anything: The Neuroscience of Magic at PeerJ

Ask Me Anything: The Neuroscience of Magic at PeerJ

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).

December 16, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
Illusion of the Week: Japanese Burger-Chain Breaks the Curse of OCHOBO!

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

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.

November 13, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

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