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Illusion Chasers

Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

Do Dogs Fall for Magic Tricks?

Animals can be deceived, but do animals feel wonderment, awe, or sense that they have experienced the impossible?

September 11, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the Week: OK Go’s New Illusion Video

Music videos by the alternative rock band OK Go are nothing if not creative. Their previous video "Here It Goes Again" featuring treadmill dancing was mesmerizing, and their newest video, "The Writing's on the Wall", is even more compelling, especially for those of us interested in matters of perception...

June 19, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Dalí Masterpieces Inspired by Scientific American

Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali was a reader of Scientific American, and created one of his most iconic pieces based on a Scientific American article on face perception.

June 17, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Youngest Kids Are Bigger than Parents Think

Recent research published in Current Biology indicates that human parents are subject to a previously unknown "baby illusion" that makes them misperceive their youngest child as smaller than he or she is, regardless of age...

June 2, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde
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

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