Best Illusion of the Year Contest

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Best Illusion of the Year
10th Best Illusion of the Year Awards
Awarded for Ingenuity and creativity within the Visual Sciences
Country United States
Presented by Neural Correlate Society
First awarded 2005
Official website illusionoftheyear.com

The Best Illusion of the Year Contest is a annual recognition of the world’s visual illusion research community and its accomplishments, both academic and professional by the Neural Correlate Society.[1] The contest was created in 2005 by professors Stephen Macknik[2] and Susana Martinez-Conde[3] as a satellite event to the European conference on Visual Perception in La Coruna, Spain.[4]

It is designed to decide on the most impressive visual illusion creation of the year (unpublished, or published no earlier than the year prior to the most recent competition). Generally, a visual illusion is a perceptual experience that does not match the physical reality (i.e. the perception of motion where no such motion physically exists).

As human perception is generated indirectly by neural and mental mechanisms that interact with the physical reality, the study of visual illusions offers insight in to the basic mechanisms of sensory perception[citation needed]. That is, if one is able to understand the neural correlates of an illusory perception and, simultaneously, under what physical conditions it is made possible, then one can likewise utilize this data to investigate any number of visual perceptions associated with the illusion (e.g. motion, color, luminance, contrast, depth, etc.) The visual illusion community includes visual scientists, ophthalmologists, neurologists, and visual artists that use a variety of methods to help discover the neural underpinnings of visual illusory perception.

The Best Illusion of the Year Contest consists of three stages: submission, initial review, presentation and election of winners. The initial review is conducted by a panel of international judges from the academic and professional community[citation needed]. This panel narrows the submissions to the Top Ten best entries which are then invited to present their illusions at the annual ceremony. Finally, the contest follows a democratic and transparent voting process to award its contestants by having the first, second, and third prize awardees chosen each year by election from the attendees of the ceremony[citation needed].

Neural Correlate Society[edit]

The Neural Correlate Society is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that promotes scientific research into the neural correlates of sensory perception, awareness, and cognitive experience.[5] The NCS’s current main purpose is to host the annual Best Illusion of The Year Contest for the community of visual scientists, ophthalmologists, neurologists, and visual artists who use a variety of methods to help discover the neural underpinnings of illusory perception.The goal of the contest is to promote the communication and translation of visual science discoveries to public knowledge.[citation needed]

The Illusions[edit]

Award Recipients[edit]

The following table details the first, second, and third place recipients from each year of the contest since its inception.

Year First Place Second Place Third Place
2005[6] Title: Motion Illusion Building Blocks
Created by: Arthur Shapiro & Justin Charles
Title: Two-Stroke Apparent Motion
Created by: George Mather
Title: Elusive Arch
Created by: Dejan Todorović
2006[7] Title: The Freezing Rotation Illusion
Created by: Max Dürsteler
Title: The Infinite Regression Illusion
Created by: Peter Tse
Title: The Bar-Cross-Ellipse Illusion
Created by: Gideon Caplovitz & Peter Tse
2007[8] Title: The Leaning Tower Illusion
Created by: Frederick Kingdom, Ali Yoonessi, & Elena Gheorghiu
Title: The Illusory Contoured Tilting Pyramid
Created by: Pietro Guardini & Luciano Gamberini
Title: Where Has All the Motion Gone?
Created by: Arthur Shapiro & Emily Knight
2008[9] Title: Filling in the Afterimage After the Image
Created by: Rob van Lier & Mark Vergeer
Title: Ghostly Gaze
Created by: Rob Jenkins
Title: Rolling Eyes on a Hollow Mask
Created by: Thomas Papathomas
2009[10] Title: The Break of the Curveball
Created by: Arthur Shapiro, Zhong-Lin Lu, Emily Knight, & Robert Ennis
Title: Color Dove Illusion
Created by: Yuval Barkan & Hedva Spitzer
Title: The Illusion of Sex
Created by: Richard Russell
2010[11] Title: Impossible Motion: Magnet Slopes
Created by: Kokichi Sugihara
Title: Counter-Intuitive Illusory Contours
Created by: Bart Anderson
Title: Two Sinusoids: 6-1 Perceptions
Created by: Jan Kremlacek
2011[12] Title: Silencing Awareness of Change by Background Information
Created by: Jordan Suchow & George Alvarez
Title: Grouping by Contrast
Created by: Erica Dixon, Arthur Shapiro, & Kai Hamburger
Title: The Loch Ness Aftereffect
Created by: Mark Wexler
2012[13] Title: The Disappearing Hand Trick
Created by: Roger Newport, Helen Gilpin, & Catherine Preston
Title: When Pretty Girls Turn Ugly: The Flashed Face Distortion Effect
Created by: Jason Tangen, Sean Murphy, & Matthew Thompson
Title: Color Wagon Wheel
Created by: Arthur Shapiro, William Kistler, & Alex Rose-Henig
2013[14] Title: Rotation Generated by Translation
Created by: Jun Ono, Akiyasu Tomoeda, & Kokichi Sugihara
Title: Tusi or not Tusi
Created by: Arthur Shapiro & Alex Rose-Henig
Title: Through the Eyes of Giants
Created by: Arash Afraz & Ken Nakayama
2014 Coming May 2014 Coming May 2014 Coming May 2014

Published Illusions[edit]

The following list contains each of the illusions that have both been selected as Top Ten Finalists and received publication for their research contributions.

  1. Dynamic illusory size contrast: A relative-size illusion modulated by stimulus motion and eye movements Ryan E. B. Mruczek, Christopher D. Blair, Gideon P. Caplovitz Journal of Vision 14(3) 2[15]
  2. The maintenance and disambiguation of object representations depend upon feature contrast within and between objects Gideon P. Caplovitz, Arthur G. Shapiro, Sarah Stroud Journal of Vision 11(14) 1[16]
  3. Transitions between Central and Peripheral Vision Create Spatial/Temporal Distortions: A Hypothesis Concerning the Perceived Break of the Curveball Arthur Shapiro, Zhong-Lin Lu, Chang-Bing Huang, Emily Knight, Robert Ennis PLoS ONE 5(10): e13296[17]
  4. A First- and Second-Order Motion Energy Analysis of Peripheral Motion Illusions Leads to Further Evidence of “Feature Blur” in Peripheral Vision Arthur G. Shapiro, Emily J. Knight, Zhong-Lin Lu PLoS ONE 6(4): e18719[18]
  5. Illusory motion induced by blurred red – blue edges Kohske Takahashi, Ryosuke Niimi, Katsumi Watanabe Perception 39(12) 1678 – 1680[19]
  6. Monkeying around with the gorillas in our midst: familiarity with an inattentional-blindness task does not improve the detection of unexpected events Simons D J i-Perception 1(1) 3–6[20]
  7. A sex difference in facial pigmentation and its exaggeration by cosmetics Richard Russell Perception. 2009. 38: 1211-1219.[21]
  8. Filling-in afterimage colors between the lines Van Lier, Vergeer, Anstis Current Biology. 2009. 19 (8), R323-R324.[22]
  9. The Freezing Rotation Illusion Max R. DürstelerProg Brain Res. 2008;171:283-5.[23]
  10. Spatial and temporal influences on the contrast gauge Arthur Shapiro and Emily Knight Vision Res. 2008 Nov;48(26):2642-8.[24]
  11. A new psychophysical estimation of the receptive field size Arash Yazdanbakhsha & Simone Gori Neuroscience Letters. 2008. doi:10.1016/j.neulet.2008.04.040.[25]
  12. The riddle of the Rotating-Tilted-Lines illusion Simone Gori & Arash Yazdanbakhsh Perception. 2008. 37:631-5[26]
  13. Leaning tower illusion Frederick A. A. Kingdom, Ali Yoonessi, Elena Gheorghiu Scholarpedia 2007. 2(12):5392.[27]
  14. Backscroll illusion in far peripheral vision Kiyoshi Fujimoto & Akihiro Yagi Journal of Vision. 2007. 7(8):16, 1–7[28]
  15. Kaleidoscopic motion and velocity illusions Peter A. van der Helm Vision Research, 2007. 47:460–465[29]
  16. The Leaning Tower illusion: a new illusion of perspective Frederick A. A. Kingdom, Ali Yoonessi, Elena Gheorghiu Perception. 2007. 36(3):475-477[30]
  17. Backscroll illusion: apparent motion in the background of locomotive objects Kiyoshi Fujimoto & Takao Sato Vision Research. 2006. 46:14-25[31]
  18. Two-stroke: a new illusion of visual motion based on the time course of neural responses in the human visual system George Mather Vision Research. 2006. 46:2015-8[32]
  19. A new motion illusion: The rotating-Tilted-Lines illusion Simone Gori & Kai Hamburger Perception. 2006. 35:853-7[33]
  20. Con-fusing contours & pieces of glass Rob van Lier, Tessa C.J. de Wit & Arno Koning Acta Psychologica. 2006. 123:41-54[34]
  21. The bar – cross – ellipse illusion: Alternating percepts of rigid and nonrigid motion based on contour ownership and trackable feature assignment Gideon P. Caplovitz & Peter U. Tse Perception. 2006. 35:993-7[35]
  22. Illusory motion induced by the offset of stationary luminance-defined gradients Po-Jang Hsieh, Gideon P. Caplovitz & Peter U. Tse Vision Research. 2006. 46:970-8[36]
  23. A new set of illusions - the Dynamic Luminance-Gradient Illusion and the Breathing Light Illusion Simone Gori & D. Alan Stubbs Perception. 2006. 35:1573-7[37]
  24. The infinite regress illusion reveals faulty integration of local and global motion signals Peter U. Tse & Po-Jang Hsieh Vision Research. 2006. 46:3881-5[38]
  25. Image segmentation and lightness perception Barton L. Anderson & Jonathan Winawer Nature. 2005. 434:79-83[39]
  26. Visual illusions based on single-field contrast asynchronies Arthur G. Shapiro, Justin P. Charles & Mallory Shear-Heyman Journal of Vision. 2005. 5:764-82[40]
  27. Voluntary attention modulates the brightness of overlapping transparent surfaces Peter U. Tse Vision Research. 2005. 45:1095-8[41]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Contest". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Stephen Macknik Lab". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Martinez-Conde Lab". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Vision Sciences Society Satellite Events". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Neural Correlate Society". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Top Ten Finalists from 2005". Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Top Ten Finalists from 2006". Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Top Ten Finalists from 2007". Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Top Ten Finalists from 2008". Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Top Ten Finalists from 2009". Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Top Ten Finalists from 2010". Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Top Ten Finalists from 2011". Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Top Ten Finalists from 2012". Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Top Ten Finalists from 2013". Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Dynamic illusory size contrast: A relative-size illusion modulated by stimulus motion and eye movements". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "The maintenance and disambiguation of object representations depend upon feature contrast within and between objects". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Transitions between Central and Peripheral Vision Create Spatial/Temporal Distortions: A Hypothesis Concerning the Perceived Break of the Curveball". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "A First- and Second-Order Motion Energy Analysis of Peripheral Motion Illusions Leads to Further Evidence of "Feature Blur" in Peripheral Vision". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  19. ^ "Illusory motion induced by blurred red – blue edges". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Monkeying around with the gorillas in our midst: familiarity with an inattentional-blindness task does not improve the detection of unexpected events". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "A sex difference in facial pigmentation and its exaggeration by cosmetics". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Filling-in afterimage colors between the lines". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "The Freezing Rotation Illusion". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "Spatial and temporal influences on the contrast gauge". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  25. ^ "A new psychophysical estimation of the receptive field size". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  26. ^ "The riddle of the Rotating-Tilted-Lines illusion". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  27. ^ "Leaning Tower Illusion". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  28. ^ "The maintenance and disambiguation of object representations depend upon feature contrast within and between objects". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  29. ^ "Kaleidoscopic motion and velocity illusions". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  30. ^ "The Leaning Tower illusion: a new illusion of perspective". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  31. ^ "Backscroll illusion: apparent motion in the background of locomotive objects". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  32. ^ "Two-stroke: a new illusion of visual motion based on the time course of neural responses in the human visual system". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  33. ^ "A new motion illusion: The rotating-Tilted-Lines illusion". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  34. ^ "Con-fusing contours & pieces of glass". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  35. ^ "The bar – cross – ellipse illusion: Alternating percepts of rigid and nonrigid motion based on contour ownership and trackable feature assignment". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  36. ^ "Illusory motion induced by the offset of stationary luminance-defined gradients". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  37. ^ "A new set of illusions - the Dynamic Luminance-Gradient Illusion and the Breathing Light Illusion". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  38. ^ "The infinite regress illusion reveals faulty integration of local and global motion signals". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  39. ^ "Image segmentation and lightness perception". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  40. ^ "The maintenance and disambiguation of object representations depend upon feature contrast within and between objects". Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  41. ^ "Voluntary attention modulates the brightness of overlapping transparent surfaces". Retrieved 1 April 2014.