[Comp-neuro] Illusion submission EXTENSION: 6th Annual Best Visual Illusion of the Year Contest!

Xoana G Troncoso x.troncoso at neuralcorrelate.com
Wed Feb 17 01:48:43 CET 2010

***DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND*** --The deadline for the 6th annual Best Visual
Illusion of the Year Contest has been extended. FINAL (no exceptions)
submission date is now ***March 5th***!


Many of the most outstanding illusion creators in the world have asked us to
extend the deadline so as to perfect their contributions for the Contest!

The 2010 contest will be held in Naples, Florida (Naples Philharmonic Center
for the Arts, http://www.thephil.org/) on Monday, May 10th, 2010, as an
official satellite 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.

The voters at the 6th Annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest gala, in
Naples, Florida, will certainly see the Best and Most Exciting New Illusions
of the Year. This award is chosen by the community, and not by a committee,
so please come and make your vote!

James Randi (aka The Amaz!ng Randi) the renowned magician, escapologist, and
skeptic, will give a presentation/magic performance during the vote

Past contests have been highly successful in drawing public attention to
vision research, with over ***FOUR 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 2009 contest were Arthur
Shapiro, Zhong-Lin Lu, Emily Knight, & Robert Ennis (American University,
University of Southern California, Dartmouth College, SUNY College of
Optometry, USA), Yuval Barkan & Hedva Spitzer (Tel-Aviv University, Israel),
and Richard Russel (Harvard University, USA).

To see the illusions, photo galleries and other highlights from the 2009 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(unpublished, or published no earlier than 2009) in standard image, movie or
html formats. Exciting new variants of classic or known illusions are also
admissible. An international panel of impartial judges (
http://illusioncontest.neuralcorrelate.com/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 2010 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. Xoana Troncoso (Illusion Contest Coordinator,
Neural Correlate Society) via email (x.troncoso at neuralcorrelate.com) until
March 5, 2010. 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!

Xoana Troncoso (Illusion Contest Coordinator)
Susana Martinez-Conde (President,  Neural Correlate Society)

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Neural Correlate Society:
Jose-Manuel Alonso, Stephen Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde, Luis Martinez,
Xoana Troncoso, Peter Tse

The Neural Correlate Society is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit
organization, whose mission is to promote the public awareness of vision

Xoana G Troncoso, PhD
Illusion Contest Coordinator

Postdoctoral Scholar in Neuroscience
Andersen Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
1200 E California Blvd. M/C 216-76
Pasadena, California 91125, USA
phone: +1-626-395-8337
email: x.troncoso at neuralcorrelate.com
website: www.vis.caltech.edu/~xoana/ <http://www.vis.caltech.edu/%7Exoana/>
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