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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

Fantasia: A Composer s Experience of Synesthesia

Ed. Note: This blog originally appeared on Sleights of Mind. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Firework1_pre.jpg Composer and synesthete Harley Gittleman visited our institute recently to discuss his perception...

May 6, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Neuroscience in Fiction: Stephen King's The Jaunt

http://www.darekkocurek.com/en/gallery/image/stephen-king-the-jaunt Ed. Note: This blog originally appeared on Sleights of Mind." Your mind can be your best friend; it can keep you amused even when there's nothing to read, nothing to do...

May 4, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Disappointingly, D j Vu not a Glitch in the Matrix

Ed. note: this blog was originally posted at Sleights of Mind. “Deja-Vu x”, By Doris Redrupp: http://smillakatz.blogspot.com/2011/01/deja-vu.html I hate to break it to all you Keanu Reeves fans out there, but a study from Colorado State University suggests that déjà vu is not what “happens when they change something” in the Matrix...

May 2, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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