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2011-07-13 19:22:00

PHOENIX, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the 3D release of the final Harry Potter film this week, leading visual neuroscientists at Barrow Neurological Institute say 3D illusions not only provide great entertainment, but might also tell us a lot about how our brains function. Top researchers Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD, and Stephen Macknik, PhD, have spent years examining the correlation between vision and the brain. Recently they have teamed up with some of the world's best magicians,...

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2010-10-14 10:35:00

Paper in science journal PLoS ONE describes the illusion behind batters' perceptions of 'breaking' curveballs and 'rising' fastballs Curveballs curve and fastballs go really fast, but new research suggests that no pitcher can make a curveball "break" or a fastball "rise." Led by Arthur Shapiro of American University and Zhong-Lin Lu of the University of Southern California, the researchers explain the illusion of the curveball's break in a publicly available study in the journal PLoS ONE. The...

2009-06-03 07:51:53

Researchers find widely held theory on "Saccadic Suppression" is incorrect with discovery that the brain is blocking information from awarenessResearchers at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (CMBN) at Rutgers University in Newark have identified the need to develop a new framework for understanding "perceptual stability" and how we see the world with their discovery that visual input obtained during eye movements is being processed by the brain but blocked from...

2009-02-02 15:53:22

 Ever get a little motion sick from an illusion graphic designed to look like it's moving? A new study suggests that these illusions do more than trick the eye; they may also convince the brain that the graphic is actually moving.Researchers in Japan, led by Akiyoshi Kitaoka of Kyoto's Ritsumeikan University, monitored brain activity as participants viewed the Rotating Snakes illusion, where concentric circles appear to rotate continuously (see below). The resulting article, Functional...

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2008-07-23 16:26:46

Since the idea of using DNA to create faster, smaller, and more powerful computers originated in 1994, scientists have been scrambling to develop successful ways to use genetic code for computation. Now, new research from a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute suggests that if we want to carry out artificial computations, all we have to do is literally look around. Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science Mark Changizi has begun to develop a technique to turn our eyes and visual...

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2008-07-18 08:20:00

Mind trick yields new insights on perception Anyone who has seen an optical illusion can recall the quirky moment when you realize that the image being perceived is different from objective reality. Now, a team of scientists from MIT, Harvard and McGill has designed a new illusion involving the sense of touch, which is helping to glean new insights into perception and how different senses "” such as touch and sight "” work together. Ambiguous visual images are fascinating because...

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2008-03-10 14:20:00

Research published in the March issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, is suggesting that we process images in two very distinct ways.Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Psychologist Tzvi Ganel and his colleagues presented research participants with the "Ponzo" illusion, an image common in psychological research that makes two objects that are similar in length appear drastically different. They then hooked participants' index finger and thumb...

2007-06-03 03:00:07

By Hughes, Gordon Of all of the movements lucky enough to have been caught in the tangles of Alfred Barr's spider-web chart of modern art (Fig. 1), only one, Orphism-Guillaume Apollinaire's misbegotten term and attempt to unite the post-Cubist abstraction of Robert Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Lger, and Francis Picabia-goes nowhere.1 That the diagrammatic arrow leading from Cubism to Orphism ends in what Barr sees as the sole cul-de-sac in twentieth-century art is surprising given that...

2005-10-24 20:50:05

Scientists have discovered that schizophrenia sufferers are not fooled by a visual illusion and are able to judge it more accurately than non-schizophrenic observers. The study by UCL (University College London) and King's College London suggests that in everyday life, schizophrenics take less account of visual context. If this is part of a more general failure to deal appropriately with context, it could explain why some sufferers might misattribute people's actions or feel persecuted. The...


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