June 29, 2011

Optical Illusion

Neuroscientists at the University of Rochester have come up with new insight into the brain processes that cause the following optical illusion. 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 moving treadmill and everything around you seems to be in motion for a moment. University of Rochester

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