Is Seeing Believing?

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An Evening Lecture with Michael Proulx

Is Seeing Believing? The Psychology and Neuroscience of Illusion in Art
Children love perceptual illusions. Of course scientists and artists do too. Why do many adults grow out of this fascination with illusions? One reason might be that illusions are “optical” errors of the physical world, or “magic tricks”, and therefore irrelevant to normal experience. Join Michael Proulx as he explores how illusions can be both scientifically interesting, and artistically useful, precisely because they are directly relevant to daily life. Michael reveals that even perceiving something as simple as this black pigment on a page is in a sense an illusion. This lecture will reveal the psychology and neuroscience behind art and illusion.

Michael Proulx is Reader in Psychology and Director of the Crossmodal Cognition Lab at the University of Bath. He received his PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He is a Fellow of the Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science of the American Psychological Association and the recipient of a New Investigator Award in Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance from the APA. He was also a torchbearer for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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