Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | May 17, 2011

Optical Illusions

If you have not seen it yet, have a look at the great site 92 Visual Phenomena & Optical Illusions by Michael Bach. A quote:

»Optical illusion« sounds pejorative, as if exposing a malfunction of the visual system. Rather, I view these phenomena as bringing out particular good adaptations of our visual system to standard viewing situations. These adaptations are »hard-wired« in our brains, and thus under some artificial manipulations can cause inappropriate interpretations of the visual scene. As Purkinje put it: »Illusions of the senses tell us the truth about perception« (cited by Teuber 1960).

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