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    Default Scientific American Illusion Contest

    If you have time, you may enjoy looking at the Scientifc American Best Illusion of the Year Contest entries. My daughter, Rosa Lafer-Sousa, is in the running for
    ‪#‎TheDress demo (picked as one of 10 finalists by a panel of international judges!). Voting started yesterday at 7PM EST and runs for 24 hours. June 11th (7PM) - June 12th (7PM). You can go to Best Illusion of the Year Contest | Best Illusion of the Year Contest to view the illusions and vote on them. It's about the blue/black vs white/gold dress controversy. If u weren't paying attention it hit social media like a storm. Rosa is a PhD student at MIT working on the neuroscience of vision, and got really excited that the illusion would be great for understanding aspects of color perception, so she created the illusion demo to use in a study that she just published in Current Biology http://www.cell.com/current-biology/...822(15)00535-7 which got picked up by the NYTimes, the Guardian, the LA Times, Cosmopolitan magazine, among a myriad of other media outlets. Thanks for looking (and possibly voting for my baby girl)!
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    Default Re: Scientific American Illusion Contest

    oops I messed up the voting link and don't see how to edit. This is the correct link: Best Illusion of the Year Contest | Best Illusion of the Year Contest
     

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    Thanks for sharing this. The illumination that these observations throw on how the brain works is fascinating to me. Our brains are constantly being hacked by us and the observed world.

    Nick

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    Default Re: Scientific American Illusion Contest

    Fixed the link in the first post for you. This is very cool stuff.
     

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    Default Re: Scientific American Illusion Contest

    Thank guys for the support! And I should add that Rosa can often be spotted getting around Cambridge on her orange single speed bike!
     

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    Plus, excellent taste in music!
    GO!

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