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'A Night of Illusions' Returns!

The CCD is once again proud to support the 'A Night of Illusions' event. This year, the evening promises an even larger array of mind boggling demonstrations of cognitive and perceptual illusions by researchers from Macquarie and other Australian universities.

"Baffle your senses with an evening of tactile and visual illusions. Watch static images move and twist before your very own eyes. Feel your body change size and shape. Confuse your brain as you step into a realm that challenges your assumptions and messes with your perception. You will never see the world the same again."

'A Night of Illusions' will feature interactive demonstrations from many talented scientists including:

  • Dr Vince Polito (CCD Associate Investigator), a cognitive scientist at Macquarie University investigating beliefs, self control and altered states of consciousness.
  • Erika Contini (CCD researcher), vision scientist and neuropsychology researcher at Macquarie University who evaluates brain patterns associated with seeing and recognising objects.
  • Dr Regine Zopf (CCD Associate Investigator), a cognitive scientist at Macquarie University, who investigates how humans perceive the identity, location and size of bodies using multisensory illusions and virtual reality.
  • Deborah Apthorp, a cognitive neuroscientist specialising in the human visual system and its interactions with other sensory systems
  • Matthew Bulbert, behavioural ecologist from Macquarie University who examines how animals exploit the perception of others to increase their survival – a.k.a deception
  • Alex Holcombe, vision scientist who investigates the speed limits on perception, attention, and reading
  • Robert Keys, a scientist at the University of Sydney, who investigates how the brain creates mental ‘pictures’ of the body through vision, touch, and proprioception.
  • James O’Hanlon, University of New England researcher and host of the science podcast In Situ Science, who studies how animals survive using illusion, disguise and masquerade.
  • Kim Ransley, vision scientist at the University of Sydney, who looks at how the human brain creates our visual experience of the world.
  • Tatjana Seizova-Cajic, a scientist who investigates bodily senses and vision at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.

'A Night of Illusions'

  • Sat. 11 August 2018
  • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST

107 Projects - 107 Redfern St, Redfern (view map)

Tickets are currently available. For more information and to get tickets go to:

Demonstration of the rubber hand illusion

Demonstration of the Rubber Hand Illusion


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