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Stories by Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

Shadows and Illusions

The way we detect shape and depth from shading reveals some primeval rules that govern how we see the world

July 1, 2016 — Chaipat Chunharas and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

Reflections on the Mind

Experiments with a simple mirror setup can reveal much about the workings of the brain

August 18, 2011 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran
The Ghost Hand Illusion

The Ghost Hand Illusion

Spooky fun with afterimages

March 14, 2011 — Diane Rogers-Ramachandran and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
Hey, Is That Me over There?

Hey, Is That Me over There?

And other real-life tales from the bizarre realm of out-of-body experience

April 13, 2010 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran
Aristotle's Error

Aristotle's Error

Using aftereffects to probe visual function reveals how the eye and brain handle colors and contours

March 15, 2010 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran and Diane Rogers-Ramachandran
Seeing in Stereo: Illusions of Depth

Seeing in Stereo: Illusions of Depth

Binocular vision gives us depth perception—and enables us to play some tricks

July 1, 2009 — Diane Rogers-Ramachandran and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
A Moving Experience

A Moving Experience

How the eyes can see movement where it does not exist

May 1, 2008 — Diane Rogers-Ramachandran and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
It's All Done with Mirrors

It's All Done with Mirrors

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

May 1, 2008 — Diane Rogers-Ramachandran and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
Paradoxical Perceptions

Paradoxical Perceptions

How does the brain sort out contradictory images?

May 1, 2008 — Diane Rogers-Ramachandran and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
The Neurology of Aesthetics

The Neurology of Aesthetics

How visual-processing systems shape our feelings about what we see

May 1, 2008 — Diane Rogers-Ramachandran and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
Sizing Things Up

Sizing Things Up

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

May 1, 2008 — Diane Rogers-Ramachandran and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
Right Side Up

Right Side Up

Studies of perception show the importance of being upright

May 1, 2008 — Diane Rogers-Ramachandran and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

The brain, like nature, abhors a vacuum

May 1, 2008 — Diane Rogers-Ramachandran and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
The Phantom Hand

The Phantom Hand

The feeling of being touched on a fake hand illuminates how the brain makes assumptions about the world

May 1, 2008 — Diane Rogers-Ramachandran and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
Stability of the Visual World

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?

May 1, 2008 — Diane Rogers-Ramachandran and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
Stories by Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

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