Surviving the quarantine with the Proaction Lab: Optical Illusions and Youtube videos

Surviving the quarantine with the Proaction Lab: Optical Illusions and Youtube videos

You may be curious, or you may work in the neuroscience/psychology/vision field. In any case, these two entertainment options, are different from one another but both great ways to gain knowledge. They are also the type of resources to keep in hand to share in a science fair, or with students.

Prof. Michael Bach is an ophthalmology researcher at Freiburg University and he created the Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena website. In this website, he shares that “Optical illusions don’t “trick the eye” nor “fool the brain”, nor reveal that “our brain sucks”, … but are fascinating!”. According to Wikipedia, his website was receiving over two million hits a day in 2005. In the website, you can find tons of examples of illusions and visual phenomena with different characteristics. This website has great content on visual perception with simplified explanations to understand why these “tricks” mess with our mind. A lot of these examples are very dynamic, worthy of being exposed in a science museum. You may recognize some of them.

Our second suggestion is the Neuroscience Crash Course - British Neuroscience Association. Hank Green is one of the Youtube sensations and a hell of a science communicator. In a series of 53 videos, he teaches Neuroscience in such an entertaining way! Using resources like storytelling, and having a great design, learning here is fun. Some of the topics on the course include understanding the Nervous System, sensation, perception and consciousness. Crash Course is a bigger youtube channel with all sorts of educative content: History, Sociology, Film Production, and there is one about Psychology too!