Departments of Psychology and Computer Science, American University, Washington, DC
Visual illusions: Why are we surprised by only some of the things that we see?
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, West Community Library at the St. Pete College Gibbs campus. Located at 6700 8th Ave N, St. Petersburg, 33710. Room L-101
Visual illusions play tricks on our perception. Illusions often go viral on the internet because people enjoy examining visual puzzles that tell us our perceptions are not the same as what we designate “reality.” In this talk, I will show some visual illusions created in my laboratory and others, and I will explain how and why they were created. Research on visual illusions – which sits at the crossroads of many academic disciplines (neuroscience, psychology, math, physics, computer science, philosophy, and art) – addresses fundamental questions about how the brain constructs our perceptions of reality.
Rowan Candy is a clinician scientist who investigates the development of vision. She studies how infants interact with their natural visual environment, in particular asking how well they are able to focus and align their eyes with the goal of preventing common visual disorders. She studied at the University of Wales and UC Berkeley, and is currently a Professor of Optometry, Vision Science and Neuroscience at Indiana University.
About the VSS Public Lecture
The annual public lecture represents the mission and commitment of the Vision Sciences Society to promote progress in understanding vision and its relation to cognition, action and the brain. As scientists we are obliged to communicate the results of our work, not only to our professional colleagues, but also to the broader public. This lecture is part of our effort to give back to the community that supports us.
Attending the VSS Public Lecture
Admission to the Public Lecture is free. The lecture will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 1:00 pm at the at the West Community Library at the St. Pete College Gibbs campus. Located at 6700 8th Ave N, St. Petersburg, 33710.
The West Community Library is a five mile drive from the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort (see directions).
The Public Lecture is co-sponsored by the St. Petersburg Library System, whose help we gratefully acknowledge.