[Comp-neuro] Call for Illusion Submissions: 5th annual Best Visual Illusion of the Year Contest

Susana Martinez-Conde smart at neuralcorrelate.com
Fri Jan 2 18:27:00 CET 2009





*** We are happy to announce the world's 5th annual Best Visual Illusion of
the Year Contest!!*** The deadline for illusion submissions is February
16th, 2009!


The 2009 contest will be held in Naples, Florida (Naples Philharmonic Center
for the Arts, http://www.thephil.org/) on Sunday, May 10th, 2009, during the
week of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) conference. The Naples
Philharmonic Center is an 8-minute walk from the main VSS headquarters hotel
in Naples, and is thus central to the VSS conference.



We are happy to announce that the 2009 Master-of-Ceremonies will be none
other than the infamous Peter Thompson of The University of York, UK. Dr.
Thompson is the creator of the famed Margaret Thatcher illusion, one of the
most celebrated illusions of the 20th century. His skills as an MC are
legendary. none of this year's contest's attendees will leave unchanged or



Past contests have been highly successful in drawing public attention to
vision research, with over ***TWO MILLION*** website hits from viewers all
over the world, as well as hundreds of international media stories. The
First, Second and Third Prize winners at the 2008 contest were Rob van Lier
& Mark Vergeer (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands), Rob Jenkins
(University of Glasgow, UK), and Thomas Papathoms (Rutgers University, USA).
To see the illusions, photo galleries and other highlights from the 2008 and
previous contests, go to http://illusioncontest.neuralcorrelate.com


Illusion submissions can be novel visual, cognitive, or multimodal illusions
(unpublished, or published no earlier than 2008) in standard image, movie or
html formats. Exciting new variants of classic or known illusions are also
admissible. An international panel of impartial judges will rate the
submissions and narrow them to the TOP TEN. Then, at the Contest Gala in
Naples, the TOP TEN illusionists will present their contributions and the
attendees of the event (that means you!) will vote to pick the TOP THREE


Illusions submitted to previous editions of the contest can be re-submitted
to the 2009 contest, so long as they meet the above requirements and were
not among the TOP THREE winners in previous years.


Submissions will be held in strict confidence by the panel of judges and the
authors/creators will retain full copyright. No illusions will be posted on
the illusion contest's website without the creators' explicit permission. As
with submitting your work to any scientific conference, participating in to
the Best Illusion of the Year Contest does not preclude you from also
submitting your work for publication elsewhere.


Submissions can be made to Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde (Illusion Contest
Coordinator, Neural Correlate Society) via email (smart at neuralcorrelate.com)
until February 16, 2009. Illusion submissions should come with a (no more
than) one-page description of the illusion and its theoretical underpinnings
(if known). Illusions will be rated according to: 


. Significance to our understanding of the visual system 

. Simplicity of the description 

. Sheer beauty 

. Counterintuitive quality 

. Spectacularity 


Visit the illusion contest website for further information and to see last
year's illusions: http://illusioncontest.neuralcorrelate.com      


Submit your ideas now and take home this prestigious award!


On behalf of the Neural Correlate Society: Susana Martinez-Conde (Illusion
Contest Coordinator)


Neural Correlate Society Executive Committee: Jose-Manuel Alonso, Stephen
Macknik, Luis Martinez, Xoana Troncoso, Peter Tse


Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD

Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience

Barrow Neurological Institute

350 W. Thomas Rd.

Phoenix AZ 85013



Phone: +1 602 406-3484

Fax: +1 602 406-4192

Email: smart at neuralcorrelate.com


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