Strange face illusion with two-way Mirror feedback

  “… a quiet room dimly lit by a 25 W incandescent light. The lamp was placed on the floor behind the observer so that it was not visible either directly or in the mirror. A relatively large mirror (0.5 m60.5 m) was placed about 0.4 m in front of the observer. The luminance of… Continue reading Strange face illusion with two-way Mirror feedback


Illusions of Invisible, alien hands, 3 arms, and shrinking bodies…

I have previously posted about the original 'rubber hand illusion' in which participants are convinced a fake rubber hand is their own. A classic low tech experiment that can help us "understand how sight, touch and “proprioception” the sense of body position, combine to create a convincing feeling of body ownership, one of the foundations of self-consciousness  (Nature… Continue reading Illusions of Invisible, alien hands, 3 arms, and shrinking bodies…

Face as Interface

Trying to create a simple motion tracking patch using PD_extended and Gem, I came across this project by Elektro Moon Vision the mini App provides OSC data from movements such as eyebrows, nose, mouth, orientation scale etc. This is massively useful for an experiment I have in mind related to the "strange face in the… Continue reading Face as Interface


Drawing a strange face in the dark

Shortly after my experience of the "Strange face in the mirror experiment"  I made these drawings in low light conditions as a way of recording the perceivable elements of my face and shape of the head. The particles of carbon and graphite reflect well the visual noise, like static, one experiences in the experiment. These drawings don't illustrate… Continue reading Drawing a strange face in the dark


My experience of the ‘strange face illusion’

I had read about this experiment by which staring at one's own reflection in a mirror in a darkened room for some time, can induce vivid hallucinations. For purposes of research, I had to try it. I found my bathroom could meet the following requirements... "... a quiet room dimly lit by a 25 W incandescent… Continue reading My experience of the ‘strange face illusion’