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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: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/chinese-newspaper-headquarters-stuns-article-1.1339284#ixzz2U5CcJMVJ...

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

Fat Tuesday: Illusory Portion Control

Ed. note: this post appeared previously at Sleights of Mind. Think that your eyes are bigger than your stomach? Well, actually, yes... they are.The Portion Size Illusion is a new variant of an old classic illusion called the Ebbinghaus illusion, in which a circle surrounded by smaller circles looks bigger than the same circle surrounded by bigger circles...

May 14, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

The people have spoken! See the Best Illusions of the Year

The 9th annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest took place today, Monday May 13th, in the Naples Philharmonic Hall in Florida. Jun Ono, Akiyasu Tomoeda and Kokichi Sugihara, a team of mathematicians and illusion creators from Meiji University in Japan, took first prize for their "Rotation generated by translation illusion"...

May 13, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Ticklish laughter tickles your brain

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Afghan_girls_from_Ghazni_province.jpg  Neuroscience can be lots of fun, but perhaps even more so when researchers study the brain’s Laughter Perception Network...

May 10, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the Week: Taxidermy Dreams

Ed. Note: This blog post originally appeared on Sleights of Mind. The illusion of the week is an interesting twist on the Rabbit-Duck illusion, presented in the German magazine Fliegende Blätter in 1892.I haven’t been able to locate the precise source, but here’s how you make a rabbit-duck in real life (death?) with a little help from taxidermy...

May 8, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Fat Tuesday: Facial Restoration

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Make-up_mirror.jpg It's been 10 weeks since my gastric bypass and my body has been on a rollercoaster ride of changes.

May 7, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

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