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Illusion Chasers

Illusion Chasers

Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

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

Your Brain on Thanks

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It may not have the cache of winter holidays or the Cash! Yay! of a birthday, but it is the best feel-good holiday of the year.

November 27, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik

Artist Ellen Levy Steals Your Attention

Artist Ellen Levy teamed up with neuroscientist Michael E. Goldberg, Director of the Mahoney Center for Brain and Behavior at Columbia University in New York, to apply the concept of change blindness to an interactive art installation...

November 22, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Let There Be Light!

Today the Brookhaven National Lab turned on their new National Synchrotron Light Source II and saw its first emitted x-ray photon! http://www.bnl.gov/bwis/

October 23, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik

Multitasking, pickpockets and hubris

One consequence of my laboratory's collaboration with stage pickpocket Apollo Robbins is that I am often asked for strategies to thwart pickpockets in the real world.

September 19, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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