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Illusion Chasers

Illusion Chasers

Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

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
Illusion of the week: Satan in the Smoke

Illusion of the week: Satan in the Smoke

Twelve years ago today, Photojournalist Mark D. Phillips captured the World Trade Center, engulfed in smoke and flames, seconds after the second plane attack.

September 11, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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Why Do Facts Fail?

Why Do Facts Fail?

Deconstructing Denial