National Archives of New York City archivist Christopher Zarr reveals how deeply the art form of camouflage was pursued 100 years ago during World War I
The exhibit at the AMNH is a new and totally fresh look at our sensory systems, with demonstrations that you won’t see elsewhere
The world’s best new illusions are available for your vote! Read about the science behind them here!
A team of researches changed people’s races in a full-body virtual reality immersion experiment
Most of us don’t really understand how mirrors work, which makes for some fun reflective deception
|David Byrne’s musical at The Public Theater is an achievement rich in sensory stimulation and delightful deception.|
To avoid or at least control conflict, militaries often play tricks on their opponents’ perceptions
These 17th-century plays resonate the fundamental, timeless, question of human existence: How can we know that life is not a dream?
Freestylin’ rapper Baba Brinkman and neuroscientist Heather Berlin drop a brainy beat at the Huron Club every Wednesday for the next seven weeks
Once you know the "Snow Blind illusion," you won’t be able to wait for winter
Magicians and cognitive scientists know how to manipulate what we pick—or thought we picked
|Scientists have found the speed limit of vision with an illusion in which nothing moves at all|
An artist’s legs appear encased in plastic, but it’s an illusion that’s painted on with a few white strokes
Illusions noticed by Galileo can help explain how we see light and dark
Galileo saw celestial spheres spinning in space, but was dismayed by effects we now know arose in his brain: The same Jovian moon could appear small or big depending on whether it was dark or bright against its background. DaVinci and Helmholtz also suffered from similar delusions of grandeur, when viewing white objects versus black. We show some of brain’s illusions of brightness here, as companions to our new Illusions article in this month’s print edition of Scientific American MIND.
Engaging the public has long been taboo in scientific circles, but social media outlets are starting to force a change
Street artists use the city as their canvas
Trompe l'oeil illusions challenge your perception
Artists find mind-bending ways to bring impossible figures into three-dimensional reality
Art and neuroscience combine to create fascinating examples of illusory motion