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Researchers Find ‘Seeing Jesus In Toast’ Phenomenon Perfectly Normal
2014-05-07 03:35:20

University of Toronto People who claim to see “Jesus in toast” may no longer be mocked in the future thanks to a new study by researchers at the University of Toronto and partner institutions in China. Researchers have found that the phenomenon of “face pareidolia”– where onlookers report seeing images of Jesus, Virgin Mary, or Elvis in objects such as toasts, shrouds, and clouds — is normal and based on physical causes. “Most people think you have to be mentally...

2014-02-11 10:55:11

Scientists have studied a visual illusion first discovered by Galileo Galilei, and found that it occurs because of the surprising way our eyes see lightness and darkness in the world. Their results advance our understanding of how our brains are wired for seeing white versus black objects. The work was done by Jens Kremkow and collaborators in the laboratories of Jose Manuel Alonso and Qasim Zaidi at the State University of New York College of Optometry. It will be published on February 10 of...

Area Of The Brain That Creates Illusory Shapes And Surfaces Discovered By Scientists
2013-10-01 11:10:48

Vanderbilt University The logo of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics includes red, white and blue stars, but the white star is not really there: It is an illusion. Similarly, the "S" in the USA Network logo is wholly illusory. Both of these logos take advantage of a common perceptual illusion where the brain, when viewing a fragmented background, frequently sees shapes and surfaces that don't really exist. "It's hallucinating without taking drugs," said Alexander Maier, assistant...

2013-09-07 23:03:27

Optical illusions on high-quality tee shirts have proven to be popular; fans range from kids to adults. Wearers like to get wild with optical illusion tees. Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) September 07, 2013 It's an odd fact that not everyone is able to see all optical illusions. But anyone who can see them enjoys the head-spinning surprise of an optical illusion t-shirt. They're unusual, so they command attention, and it's not often that a t-shirt appears to spin, move, or sparkle....

2013-04-28 23:02:07

Tees For Your Head's product offerings continue to expand, now offering a fun and geeky line of illusions to their tees, in sizes from toddler to 6XL. Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) April 28, 2013 Tees For Your Head designer Tom Bates has been wearing the his optical illusion tees around town, and they are provoking comments. Noting the reaction, his nerdy t-shirt company created a category just for illusions and is steadily adding original designs. Bates has been studying both brain behavior for...

2012-05-01 13:52:05

Barrow Neurological Institute researchers Jorge Otero-Millan, Stephen Macknik, and Susana Martinez-Conde share the recent cover of the Journal of Neuroscience in a compelling study into why illusions trick our brains. Barrow is part of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. The study, led by Martinez-Conde's laboratory, explores the neural bases of illusory motion in Akiyoshi Kitaoka's striking visual illusion, known as the "Rotating Snakes." Kitaoka is a Japanese psychology...

2011-12-07 22:10:53

New research by psychologists at Queen Mary, University of London has revealed that the way we see the world might depend on reflexes in the brain. Writing in the Journal of Vision, Dr Michael Proulx from Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, and former student Monique Green, explain how an optical illusion known as the Müller-Lyer Illusion captures our attention more strongly than other visual tests, suggesting that the brain calculates size as a reflex...

The Visuals of Dieting: It’s Not Just Size That Matters
2011-11-30 15:07:35

Researchers have recently discovered yet another connection between visual cues and the mind´s perception of food quantity, hunger and satiety – this time involving color and contrasts. It´s no news that the dimensions of your dinnerware can affect your mind´s subconscious estimation of the amount of food it is about to consume. For years researchers and dieticians have urged people to use smaller dishes as part of their weight-loss strategy, thus hoodwinking their...

2011-11-08 22:23:38

When we gaze at a shape and then the shape disappears, a strange thing happens: We see an afterimage in the complementary color. Now a Japanese study has observed for the first time an equally strange illusion: The afterimage appears in a “complementary” shape–circles as hexagons, and vice-versa. “The finding suggests that the afterimage is formed in the brain, not in the eye,” the author, Hiroyuki Ito of Kyushu University, wrote in an email. More...


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