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Illusion Chasers

Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

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

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

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.

November 4, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde
Wide Faces Make You Selfish

Wide Faces Make You Selfish

An intriguing new paper in PLoS ONE by Haselhuhn and colleagues suggests that men with wide faces make you selfish.

October 21, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
Sight and Sound: An Evening with John Williams and Steven Spielberg

Sight and Sound: An Evening with John Williams and Steven Spielberg

We’re sitting in the front row of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, listening to the musicians warm up for the dress rehearsal of tonight’s benefit concert starring John Williams, his movie music, and guest starring Steven Spielberg.

September 28, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

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