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Stories by Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Seeing the World in Half-View

Victims of a disorder called neglect just don't get the whole picture

February 1, 2009 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Sizing Things Up

When you hoist two items of equal weight, your brain may be doing some heavy lifting

January 31, 2008 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Touching Illusions

Startling deceptions demonstrate how tactile information is processed in the brain

November 28, 2007 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Ambiguities and Perception

What uncertainty tells us about the brain

October 1, 2007 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

It's All Done with Mirrors

Reflections on the familiar and yet deeply enigmatic nature of the looking glass

August 1, 2007 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Right-Side Up

Studies of perception show the importance of being upright

June 1, 2007 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Paradoxical Perceptions

How does the brain sort out contradictory images?

April 4, 2007 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

A Moving Experience

How the eyes can see movement where it does not exist

February 1, 2007 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

When the Two Eyes Clash

A tale of binocular rivalry

December 1, 2006 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

The Quirks of Constancy

Even when we consciously know two lines are the same length, why can't we help seeing them as different?

August 1, 2006 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Cracking the Da Vinci Code

What do the Mona Lisa and President Abraham Lincoln have in common?

June 1, 2006 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Touching Illusions

Startling deceptions demonstrate how tactile information is processed in the brain

April 1, 2006 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Stability of the Visual World

When your eyes scan a room, why doesn't the world appear to bounce like the real image on your retina?

February 1, 2006 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Hidden in Plain Sight

Camouflage in fish and other animals provides insights into visual perception

December 1, 2005 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

The Reality of Illusory Contours

How can an imaginary square look more real than a box with actual lines?

September 21, 2005 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

How Blind Are We?

We have eyes, yet we do not see

June 1, 2005 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Mind the Gap

The brain, like nature, abhors a vacuum

April 1, 2005 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

The Phantom Hand

The feeling of being touched on a fake hand

November 17, 2004 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran

Seeing Is Believing

2-D or not 2-D, that is the question: what shapesformed by shading reveal about the brain

January 1, 2004 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran