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Illusion Chasers

Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

Illusion of the Week: The Look-Alike Project

Courtesy of Francisco Costela When I learned about photographer François Brunelle’s “Look-Alike” project, I thought immediately of my graduate student Francisco Costela and his buddy Josh Corrigan.

March 20, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Countdown to the 9th Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Courtesy of the Neural Correlate Society For the 9 th consecutive year, we’re gearing up to celebrate the Best Illusion of the Year Contest, an annual competition to choose the best illusion created within the previous year.

March 18, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Neuroscience in Fiction: Exhalation , by Ted Chiang

, via Wikimedia Commons"] By Florian Thillmann (de:Benutzer:Flothi) (own work / selbst fotografiert) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5) “ Once the preparations were complete, I was able to place each of my hands on a nest of knobs and levers and control a pair of manipulators situated behind my head, and use the periscope to see what they worked on.

March 15, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Penn & Teller's Cups-and-Balls Magic Trick

Ed. Note: Elements of this article first appeared in our book, Sleights of Mind, and a press release about our research article published in PeerJ. Video: Teller--Stuck ball experimental condition"Cups and Balls," a magic illusion in which balls appear and disappear under the cover of cups, is one of the oldest magic tricks in history, with documented descriptions going back to Roman conjurors in 3 B.C.

March 14, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Let the Chase Begin

Photo Credit: Gary Armstrong, Barrow Neurological Institute Welcome to Illusion Chasers ! We are Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik, two neuroscientists and laboratory directors at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

March 13, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik

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