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Vision, Illusion and Perception

Programming Visual Illusions for Everyone

Authors: Bertamini, Marco

  • Combines an introduction to some of the most wonderful visual illusions with a programming introduction focused on python and an introduction to a powerful graphics library (psychopy) 
  • Relies on minimal previous experience or knowledge and is written in a simple and engaging writing style
  • Introduces the readers in a fun way to the powerful modern language Python, allowing them to create their own illusions on their computer
  • Enables exploration of the most striking dynamic illusions by introducing visual illusions through programming 
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About this book

If you find visual illusions fascinating Programming Visual Illusions for Everyone is a book for you. It has some background, some history and some theories about visual illusions, and it describes in some detail twelve illusions. Some are about surfaces, some are about apparent size of objects, some are about colour and some involve movement. This is only one aspect of the book. The other is to show you how you can create these effects on any computer.

The book includes a brief introduction to a powerful programming language called Python. No previous experience with programming is necessary. There is also an introduction to a package called PsychoPy that makes it easy to draw on a computer screen. It is perfectly ok if you have never heard the names Python or PsychoPy before. Python is a modern and easy-to-read language, and PsychoPy takes care of all the graphical aspects of drawing on a screen and also interacting with a computer. By the way, both Python and PsychoPy are absolutely free.

Is this a book about illusions or about programming? It is both!

About the authors

I studied experimental psychology at the University of Padova, Italy, graduating in 1989. My supervisor was Giovanni Vicario. The Department was an amazing place to study, full of activity but also with a sense of its long history. After my degree I went to the University of Virginia, USA, for an MA and PhD. There I worked with Dennis Proffitt and Michael Kubovy. In 1996, after my PhD, I took on a lectureship in England at Staffordshire University. In 1999 I moved to the University of Liverpool where I set up the Visual Perception Lab.

I have worked on many aspects of visual perception. I have studied perception of shape, including symmetry, contour curvature and part structure. Starting from work on symmetry I have also explored the link between perception and emotion, or more specifically what visual properties drive visual preference. At a more cognitive level I have studied how people think about and interact with mirrors (you can look up the Venus effect on Wikipedia). More recently, and mainly by chance, I have also discovered and named the Honeycomb illusion, which is discussed in detail in Chapter 11.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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eBook £19.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-64066-2
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  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £24.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: September 15, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64065-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Programming Visual Illusions for Everyone
Authors
Series Title
Vision, Illusion and Perception
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64066-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64066-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64065-5
Series ISSN
2365-7472
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 221
Number of Illustrations and Tables
27 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour
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