Here’s some “pretty” cool entertainment for your holiday weekend. It may seem fun but it’s an important discovery made by an undergraduate student, no less. Scott Murphy found out by accident that when you align pictures of faces set apart side by side by a distance and then flashed them quickly in succession, those pictures seem distorted based on prominent features. Noses become elongated, foreheads inflated, eyes look like they came from Martian creatures, etc. Why exactly is this happening? He’s still on the case.
The work from Scott and his team won them Second Prize in the Best Illusion of the Year Contest. Congratulations!