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Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

The Force of the Lightsaber Illusion

The white in the middle of this lightsaber can’t be any whiter than the white background that your screen generates: but it nevertheless appears brighter. 

December 17, 2015 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Call for Illusion Submissions: The 2016 Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Contestants are invited to submit 1-minute YouTube videos featuring novel illusions (unpublished, or published no earlier than 2015) of all sensory modalities (visual, auditory, etc.). The content of the 1-minute video presenting your illusion is solely up to you, and the only requirement is that it wows all viewers!

December 4, 2015 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Neuroscience in Fiction: Age Progression

Yesterday, the journal Nature published a short science fiction story that I wrote to explore the concept that we create reality in our own brains, irrespective of what the world outside may be like. It’s titled “Age progression.”  

November 19, 2015 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Victorian Illusions

This week a new article on illusions from the Golden Age, written by Susana Martinez-Conde and me, came out: Scientific American Mind. The Victorian era was a watershed in brain science and the study of illusions and perception served as the cornerstone for the field of Psychology that grew from it. 

October 19, 2015 — Stephen L. Macknik

Dalí's Reinterpretation of Rembrandt's Self-Portrait

Salvador Dalí always thought of himself as a replacement for his older brother, who had died before the famous painter was born. Dalí’s theory is strengthened by the fact that his older brother had also been named Salvador. That’s creepy. We’re not certain if his art was a form of therapy, but it could explain some of his weird (and wonderful!) ideas. It is perhaps not surprising that double interpretations and images abound in Dali’s art.  Our new Illusions column in Scientific American: Mind, out this month, focuses on Dalí’s Doubles.

August 13, 2015 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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