Fading illusions play hide-and-seek with your perception
Illusions that distort your perception
When seeing is believing
Does size matter? To your brain, it doesn't
What the leaning tower and related illusions reveal about how your brain constructs 3-D images
How tricking the eye reveals the inner workings of the brain
You are more than a robot searching for food and mates
Last week you chose the winners of the 12th annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest. Many of you have wondered how the illusions work, and what they tell us about our brains. I discuss each of the TOP 10 illusions here, and explain what we know
Congratulations to the winners of the 12th annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest, hosted by the Neural Correlate Society. Thousands of online voters around the world chose the best illusions of the year
A critical new discovery redefines the primary organizing principle of the visual cortex, and explains much of the illusory perception when we see light and dark stimuli
They hijack its limited ability to deal with perceptual ambiguity
Humans are not the only species to use visual trickery to their advantage
Older people can struggle to see certain illusions, offering clues about the aging brain
Don’t miss the new neuro-magic video at Scientific American, featuring the amazing Joshua Jay!
Nineteenth-century entertainment was a peculiar mix of technological innovation and supernatural thinking
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.
Haunted by a deceased brother, whom he saw as a twin, the Spanish artist filled his work with double meanings
A long lost painting called "La Bella Principessa" reveals the earliest known use of his famous enigmatic smile technique from before the Mona Lisa was painted. The master seemed to intuit that the visual system is blurred in the periphery, and used the illusion to heightened effect in his art.
There is no governmental institution more dedicated to rational thought and fairness than the justice system, but a new study shows that illusory facial perception is clouding the minds of our judges and juries, who can potentially decide to kill people based on their appearance.
Can the output of the critters in your gut make your world illusory? Yes. And gassy, too.