Author Archives: Susana Martinez-Conde

How Prey Animals’ Prior Experiences Make Them Gullible to Masquerading Predators

Ghost mantises use their prey’s cognitive processes against them

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Smaller Plates Don’t Make Meals Look Bigger When You’re Hungry

The Delboeuf illusion won’t help you trick yourself into eating smaller portions when you feel hungry

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Inspired to Believe: The Connection between Inspirational Experiences and Belief in God

The more people feel inspired in their daily lives, the more strongly they believe in God, new research shows 

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Celebrating Sun–Earth Day: A Total Eclipse of the Mind

The art and perception behind the 2017 total solar eclipse

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The Track Pants Illusion

Why do we see two freakishly thin legs instead of a normal-sized one?

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The Tilted Road Illusion

The latest viral illusion has a known explanation

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Secret UFOs, Green Rays and Why ET Is Not Coming to Christmas Dinner

An article in The New York Times revealed a recent secret Pentagon program to investigate UFOs. But science suggests they are best explained by optical illusions such as "solar…

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Masters of Disguise

Nature’s everyday trickery

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Dissecting the Magic behind the Looking Glass

You don’t understand mirrors as well as you think

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Making Impossible Objects with Mirrors

Most of us don’t really understand how mirrors work, which makes for some fun reflective deception 

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To New Illusory Beginnings

The New Year is a new start. Embrace the feeling

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When Free Choice Is an Illusion

Magicians and cognitive scientists know how to manipulate what we pick—or thought we picked

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With Thanks in the Brain

What happens in your brain when you experience gratitude? 

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When Hillary Met Donald

An election-themed illusion to take your mind off the polls

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Scientists Should Speak Out More

Engaging the public has long been taboo in scientific circles, but social media outlets are starting to force a change 

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How Scientists Can Engage the Public without Risking Their Careers

Survey suggests popularizers start slowly, give lots of credit to others and be prepared to adjust tactics 

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Urban Illusions: Deceptions on Roads and Around Corners

Street artists use the city as their canvas

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How Artists Create Images That Fool the Eye

Trompe l’oeil illusions challenge your perception

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View Amazing Images That Seem to Move

Art and neuroscience combine to create fascinating examples of illusory motion

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Is That Picture Looking at Me?

Eye gaze is critically important to social primates such as humans. Maybe that is why illusions involving eyes are so compelling

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The Brain’s Face Recognition System Is Easy to Fool

The human brain is good at identifying faces, but illusions can fool our “face sense”

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Discover the Science of School Yard Illusions

Childhood tricks can reveal a surprising amount about early cognition and the nervous system

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Food for Thought: Visual Illusions Good Enough to Eat

Face or food? The brain recognizes edible artwork on multiple levels

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Experience How Colors Play With Your Mind

Colors can change with their surroundings and spread beyond the lines

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Images That Disappear and Reappear

Fading illusions play hide-and-seek with your perception

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The Brain Sees Faces Everywhere

When seeing is believing

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How Context Controls Perception of Size

Does size matter? To your brain, it doesn’t

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The Neuroscience of Illusion

How tricking the eye reveals the inner workings of the brain

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Clues to the Mind Emerge When Perception and Reality Conflict

You are more than a robot searching for food and mates

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Countdown to the World’s 12th Annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Worldwide voting will take place on the Best Illusion of the Year Contest Web site, from 4 P.M., June 29 to 4 P.M. Eastern time, June 30

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