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Stories by Stephen L. Macknik

A New Look at Vision

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

June 8, 2016 — Stephen L. Macknik
Meet the Animal Masters of Illusion

Meet the Animal Masters of Illusion

Humans are not the only species to use visual trickery to their advantage

February 19, 2016 — Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik

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

A Second da Vinci Smile Has Been Discovered

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.

August 9, 2015 — Stephen L. Macknik