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'Curve ball' wins international illusion contest

...tion. "As scientists and medical researchers, we learn from these visual illusions every year. The knowledge that we will eventually get from studying the 'C...n the finalists. Sent from around the world, this year's entrees included illusions from artists, academics, scientists and even a Microsoft engineer. The ...

World-renowned neuroscientist visits UTSA on May 5 to discuss the quest for consciousness

... of consciousness Argue that attention is distinct from consciousness Discuss the limits to our knowledge Describe ongoing experiments using visual illusions to manipulate the relationship between physical stimuli and their associated conscious percepts Impart a promising information-theoretical approach t...

Hollow mask illusion fails to fool schizophrenia patients

... the eyes, and the 'top-down' process of interpreting this information. illusions occur when the brain interprets incoming sensory information on the basis o...tive Neuroscience, says: "Our findings also shed light on studies of visual illusions which have used psychomimetics drugs that mimic the symptoms of psychosis....

Worm provides clues about preventing damage caused by low-oxygen during stroke, heart attack

...made very promising inroads into stroke therapy over the last 50 years, and none of those treatments have been good enough," Crowder says. "We have no illusions that finding ways to reduce cell death from hypoxia will be easy. But using this approach of randomly mutating genes and seeing what happens helped us...

Why do astronauts suffer from space sickness?

... processes in which our balance system plays a part. As long as this adaptation is incomplete, this can be coupled to motion sickness (nausea), visual illusions and disorientation. This space sickness or Space Adaptation Syndrome (SAS), is experienced by about half of all astronauts during the first few days...

Students Focus on Vision

...part of the Realeyes Classroom Initiative. "The Case of Vinny Vision" designed for students in third through fifth grade is a lesson using optical illusions to teach eye health and safety and the importance of vision care. "Vision: Impossible" is a spoof on modern spy movies created for middle school stude...

The hand can't be fooled, study shows

...stem does not have to be conscious, but does have to be quick, goal-directed, and accurate - and as a consequence, is much less likely to be fooled by illusions such as the one used by Ganel and his colleagues. The idea of two visual systems in a single brain might seem initially counter-intuitive.After all...

4th annual Templeton-Cambridge fellowships awarded to 10 noted journalists

...ron, Chair, Graduate Program in Science, Technology & Society, Bar Ilan University, Israel John Gray, Author, Heresies: Against Progress and Other illusions John Houghton, FRS, Co-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group I Alister McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology, Uni...

Group Therapy and Willpower can Help Smokers to Quit

...king part. "The idea is to make it clear to people that they are actually addicted," said Karin Joder. In many cases this means destroying the illusions associated with the smoking habit. The counsellor has little time for nicotine substitutes such as patches, sprays and other medicines. ...
Illusions in Biological News

Barrow scientists solve 200-year-old scientific debate involving visual illusions

Neuroscientists at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center have discovered a direct link between eye motions and the perception of illusory motion that solves a 200-year-old debate. Stephen Macknik, PhD, director of the Laboratory of Behavioral Neurophysiolog...

MIT: How you feel the world impacts how you see it

...this brain region in future studies to determine whether it contributes to these cross-modal motion aftereffects. "Neuroscientists study perceptual illusions because they help reveal how the brain gives rise to conscious experience," Moore said. "We don't experience the world through isolated senses, and ou...

Crystal (eye) ball: Study says visual system equipped with 'future seeing powers'

... organize and explain more than 50 types of visual illusions that occur because our brains are trying to percei...-June issue of the journal Cognitive Science. illusions occur when our brains attempt to perceive the futu...on classes that can predict a broad pattern of the illusions we might be subject to. More than meets the ey...

Color contrast is 'seen' by the brain early doors

... than the eye. The team of neuropsychologists identified a patient with damage to this specific part of the brain. They showed the patient visual illusions in which the contrast between the coloured spots in the foreground and their background colour affected the way the spots looked. People with this pa...

Wired for sound: How the brain senses visual illusions

... In a study that could help reveal how illusions are produced in the brain's visual cortex, researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine have found new evidence of rapid integration of auditory and vis...

Stimulation of the semicircular canals can artificially control human walking and balance

...al into two components. One component is used to control steering, and the other to control balance. In a more practical view, this ability to produce illusions of movement, and then steer and balance the body by external control, leads the researchers to expect that stimulation techniques developed from the a...

To translate touch, the brain can quickly rearrange its sense of the body

...onger as they felt their arm move. The team then tested how these bodily illusions rearranged the sense of touch. They touched subjects with two metal rods on...t is used to interpret each new perception. de Vignemont et al.: "Bodily illusions modulate tactile perception." Publishing in Current Biology, Vol. 15, pages...
Illusions in Biological Technology

Clinical Research Study Focuses on Little Known Behavioral Changes Related to Parkinson's Disease

...kinson's disease patients will develop changes that include hallucinations, illusions and delusions. ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company he...ing effects. In more advanced stages these symptoms include hallucinations, illusions and delusions where patients see things that aren't really there, believe t...
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