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Posts tagged vision

April 27, 2016

 

starry sky captured in long-exposure

Autokinetic Effect

Eye movements can cause you to mistakenly perceive isolated objects as moving.

March 7, 2016

 

cloud in the shape of a deer with antlers

Pareidolia

From the man in the moon to the Virgin Mary's face on a cinnamon roll, humans have a tendency to see things that aren't there.

March 1, 2016

 

Mona Lisa through glass bottle

Mona Lisa’s Mysterious Smile

Mona Lisa's smile appears and disappears as we alternate between peripheral and central vision.

October 8, 2015

 

dung beetle in black in white

The Eye of the Dung Beetle

Dung beetles use moonlight's polarization to guide its dung hunts.

July 14, 2015

 

contact lens

Making Contact 

Contact lenses bring objects into closer and clearer focus than glasses.

February 24, 2015

 

mother and baby stare into each others' eyes

Infants Get Cues From Adult Eyes

Parents' line of vision is eye-catching to infants.

May 28, 2014

 

Macro image of bubbles in wine

Is Getting ‘Blind Drunk’ A Real Thing?

Is drinking yourself 'blind' just an exaggeration, like 'eating till you burst'? Or can alcohol really turn out the lights?

August 1, 2013

 

A male tungara frog (Engystomops_pustulosus) emits its mating call.

For The Tungara Frog, Two Cues Are Better Than One

Mate selection is tricky business. Here's how one amphibian merges two senses to narrow down its options.

June 11, 2013

 

Rats, humans, and other vertebrates evolved from a common ancestor that already had a system of muscles for moving the eyes

Double Vision Normal For Rats

Rats have a strikingly different visual system than our own, one that is carefully attuned to their unique needs.

May 21, 2013

 

The box jelly has a distinctive four-sided structure

The Alien ‘Brain’ Of The Box Jelly

The box jelly has evolved a central nervous system unlike any other animal on Earth.

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