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Stories by Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

Touching Illusions

Startling deceptions demonstrate how tactile information is processed in the brain

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

The Quirks of Constancy

Even when we consciously know two lines are the same length, why can't we help seeing them as different?

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

How Blind Are We?

We have eyes, yet we do not see

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

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

Transparently Obvious

How the brain sees through the perceptual hurdles of tinted glass, shadows and all things transparent

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

Paradoxical Perceptions

How does the brain sort out contradictory images?

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

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

Right Side Up

Studies of perception show the importance of being upright

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

Broken Mirrors: A Theory of Autism

Studies of the mirror neuron system may reveal clues to the causes of autism and help researchers develop new ways to diagnose and treat the disorder.

June 1, 2007 — Lindsay M. Oberman and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

Hearing Colors, Tasting Shapes

People with synesthesia--whose senses blend together--are providing valuable clues to understanding the organization and functions of the brain

September 1, 2006 — Edward M. Hubbard and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

Blind Spots

Investigating how the visual system compensates for gaps in perception is helping researchers to elucidate how the brain processes images

May 1, 1992 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

Perceiving Shape from Shading

Shading produces a compelling perception of three-dimensional shape. One way the brain simplifies the task of interpreting shading is by assuming a single light source

August 1, 1988 — Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

The Perception of Apparent Motion

When the motion of an intermittently seen object is ambiguous, the visual system resolves confusion by applying some tricks that reflect a built-in knowledge of properties of the physical world...

June 1, 1986 — Stuart M. Anstis and Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
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