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Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

What Little Babies See That You No Longer Can

Before developing perceptual constancy, three- to four-month-old babies have a striking ability to see image differences that are invisible to adults. They lose this superior skill around the age of five months

February 11, 2016 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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Contestants are invited to submit 1-minute YouTube videos featuring novel illusions (unpublished, or published no earlier than 2015) of all sensory modalities (visual, auditory, etc.).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

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