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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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Illusions in Iran: Surreal 3D Murals Transform Urban Tehran | Urbanist

Illusions in Iran: Surreal 3D Murals Transform Urban Tehran | Urbanist | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The blank concrete facades of urban Tehran offer an irresistible canvas for playful large-scale murals that seem to bend reality in unexpected ways. A city of ...
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Some fantastic illusionist murals in the last place on earth that I would expect to see them - Tehran, Iran.

Just shows how ignorant I am!

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15 Amazing Architectural Optical Illusions - Eye Test Game online

15 Amazing Architectural Optical Illusions - Eye Test Game online | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

As architects struggle to balance aesthetic appeal with practical considerations, many are finding the best way to create bold, interesting, even mind-bending features is through the use of optical illusions. In effect, our own eyes are being used against us – and nobody’s complaining about the results!...

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eyetestgame.com has a range of interesting illusions. Note: it might be worth scanning them first before you let students loose on the site!

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Anamorphic Illusions by Felice Varini | Bored Panda

Anamorphic Illusions by Felice Varini | Bored Panda | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Swiss artist Felice Varini has been creating illusions of flat graphics superimposed on three dimensional spaces since 1979 using the same eye-deceiving technique called anamorphosis. Some stunning photos here.

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Optical Illusions in Architecture | Depth and motion perception | ILLUSION - Optical Illusions

Optical Illusions in Architecture | Depth and motion perception | ILLUSION - Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
- The corner columns of Parthenon in the Acropolis of Athens seem to be of one width when there’s bright sky behind, though their diameters differ.
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Color + Design Blog / 11 Colorful Optical Illusions by COLOURlovers :: COLOURlovers

Color + Design Blog / 11 Colorful Optical Illusions by COLOURlovers :: COLOURlovers | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

From classic same color illusions created by Edward H. Adelson or colors that disappear right before your eyes, to artists whose work plays with perception and "what happens outside the vantage point," these colorful illusions will make you think twice about your perception of color. We give you 10 Colorful Illusions and explanations as to why your seeing what your seeing.

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Sew Your Own Home: Do Ho Suh Creates Ghostly Buildings Out of Transparent Fabric

Sew Your Own Home: Do Ho Suh Creates Ghostly Buildings Out of Transparent Fabric | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

For more than a decade Korean artist Do Ho Suh has been sewing homes. Yes, sewing. He employs silk and nylon to create ethereal copies of buildings..."

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This artist has sewn these structures...SEWN THEM.

The picture above shows what looks like an x-ray of a fridge but that is just the start. Do Ho Suh has sewn together stoves, stairwells and even whole buildings - to scale! Phenomenal.

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“Bonsai Buildings” Add Magical Model Houses To An Ancient Artform

“Bonsai Buildings” Add Magical Model Houses To An Ancient Artform | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
These beautiful bottled buildings are wonderful, in the truest sense of the word. They are the result of a collaboration between artist Takanori Aiba and model-maker Kazuya Murakami.
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Optical illusions show vision in a new light

Optical illusions show vision in a new light | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Optical illusions have fascinated humans throughout history. Greek builders used an optical illusion to ensure that that their columns appeared straight (they built them with a bulge) and we are all intrigued by the mental flip involved in the case of the young girl/old woman faces. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Neuroscience demonstrates a more serious use of these illusions in understanding how the brain assesses relative size.

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Optical Illusions In Architecture, Columns

Optical Illusions In Architecture, Columns | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Many optical illusions are found in architecture and, strangely enough, many of these were recognized long before painting developed beyond its primitive stages. The architecture of classic Greece displays a highly developed knowledge of many geometrical optical illusions and the architects of those far-off centuries carefully worked out details for counteracting them. Drawings reveal many optical illusions to the architect, but many are not predicted by them. The ever-changing relations of lines and forms in architecture as we vary our viewpoint introduce many optical illusions which may appear and disappear. Any view of a group of buildings or of the components of a single building will exhibit some optical illusions. We never see in the reality the same relations of lines, forms, colors, and brightnesses as indicated by the drawings or blue-prints. Perhaps this is one of the best reasons for justifying the construction of expensive models of our more pretentious structures.

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