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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

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

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

Mind the Gap

The brain, like nature, abhors a vacuum

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

Cracking the da Vinci Code

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

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

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

Hidden in Plain Sight

Camouflage in fish and other animals provides insights into visual perception

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

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

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

Ambiguities & Perception

What uncertainty tells us about the brain

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

A Moving Experience

How the eyes can see movement where it does not exist

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

Why Do Facts Fail?

Why Do Facts Fail?

Deconstructing Denial