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2011-07-01 09:41:00

ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists have come up with new insight into the brain processes that cause the following optical illusion: Focus your eyes directly on the "X" in the center of the image in this short video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXnUckHbPqM&feature=player_embedded). The yellow jacket (Rocky, the mascot of the University of Rochester) appears to be expanding. But he is not. He is staying still. We simply think he is growing because...

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2011-06-29 07:10:00

Scientists have come up with new insight into the brain processes that cause the following optical illusion. Look at the 'X' in this video  The yellow jacket (Rocky, the mascot of the University of Rochester) appears to be expanding. But he is not. He is staying still. We simply think he is growing because our brains have adapted to the inward motion of the background and that has become our new status quo. Similar situations arise constantly in our day-to-day lives "“ jump off a...

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2009-04-09 15:36:00

Motion illusions reveal new insights into perception In the classic waterfall illusion, if you stare at the downward motion of a waterfall for some period of time, stationary objects "” like rocks "” appear to drift upward. MIT neuroscientists have found that this phenomenon, called motion aftereffect, occurs not only in our visual perception but also in our tactile perception, and that these senses actually influence one another. Put another way, how you feel the world can...


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