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The Center for Ideas and Society welcomes you to a talk by: Professor Arthur Shapiro The Art and Science of Visual Illusions

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
  4–5 p.m.

Location: CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg South 1113
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Category: Lecture

Description:

The Center for Ideas and Society welcomes you to a talk by:


Professor Arthur Shapiro


The Art and Science of Visual Illusions

Abstract:
Visual illusions are images that play tricks on our perception. Illusions often go viral on the internet because people enjoy examining visual puzzles that seem to represent a “glitch in the matrix”—in other words, visual illusions tell us that our perceptions are not the same as what we designate “reality.”  In this talk, I will discuss the creation of illusions, where they come from, and how they are made.  I will show that research on visual illusions sits at the crossroads of many academic disciplines (neuroscience, psychology, math, physics, computer science, philosophy and art) and addresses fundamental questions about how the brain works.  I will also discuss how research on visual illusions can aid in assessing the health of the visual system and can help us to understand why it’s so hard to hit a curveball.

Brief bio:
Professor Arthur Shapiro has won multiple international awards for the visual illusions that he has created, and is currently co-editing the Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions. He conducts vision science research in the areas of color, motion perception, and low-light-level vision.  A Riverside native, he received his undergraduate degree from U.C. San Diego (math and cognitive science) and his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and he did a post doc at the University of Chicago.   He is currently a Professor of Psychology at American University in Washington, D.C.


Date: October 23rd


Time: 4:00-5:00pm


Place:  INTS 1113


This event is sponsored by The Center for Ideas and Society and co-sponsored by the Psychology Department. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this or any other event sponsored by The Center for Ideas and Society, please visit our website @http://ideasandsociety.ucr.edu and subscribe to our email .



Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Center for Ideas & Society

Contact Information:
Renee DeGuire
951 827-1556
renee.deguire@ucr.edu