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Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

Illusion of the Week: The Knobby Sphere Illusion

This week's illusion was discovered by Dartmouth College neuroscientist Peter Tse, author of "The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation", and presented as a Top 10 finalist at the recent Best Illusion of the Year Contest.The Knobby Sphere Illusion tricks your sense of touch...

June 5, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Neuroscience in Fiction: Proust and Pixar No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me...

May 31, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the week: Which came first, the pig or the egg?

Chicken-Egg, by Din Matamoro  Spanish artist Din Matamoro likes to play with his food. We have featured some of Matamoro’s egg-to-chicken (or is it chicken-to-egg?) creations previously, but art truly knows no boundaries...

May 29, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Fat Tuesday: Sugar, obesity and the big C

By Cesarachp, via Wikimedia Commons If you thought heart disease and diabetes were the main problems associated with obesity and overweight, think again.

May 28, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

NeuroSCIence in FIction: Kill Decision

From the Sleights of Mind archives. Every Friday we discuss how neuroscience is portrayed in fiction. This week we’ll be discussing Daniel Suarez’s new book, Kill Decision.

May 24, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

To sleep perchance to learn

From the Sleights of Mind archives. When I was 11 or 12, my geography teacher in Spain announced that every student needed to learn the capital of each country in the world, in addition to all the major geographical features of every continent: rivers, mountain ranges, capes, gulfs, and archipelagos...

May 23, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the week: It Kind Of Looks Like a Building

The New York Daily News sums up this story better than I can: Apparently, after thinking long and hard, the mouthpiece for China's Communist Party was cocksure that the erection of a new headquarters would be warmly received — but they blew it.  Read more:

May 22, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Fat Tuesday: Hungry for love

From the archives at Sleights of Mind. By Evan-Amos (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons Neurons are brain cells and they are similar to the other cells of the body in most every way, except that they reach for each other and pass little messages between themselves...

May 21, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Vision is all about change

Courtesy of Jorge Otero-Millan Check out my New York Times Op Ed piece for the Gray Matter column, out today, on our recent research on how we use eye movements to see the world. 

May 17, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the Week: The Best Illusion of the Year

On Monday May 13 th , the Neural Correlate Society hosted the 9 th annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest in Naples, Florida. Out of the ten finalist competitors, the Best Illusion of the Year title went to “Rotation Generated by Translation”, an illusion developed by a team of mathematicians and illusion creators from Meiji University in Japan...

May 15, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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