[Comp-neuro] Final Call for Illusion Submissions: The World's 7th Annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Susana Martinez-Conde smart at neuralcorrelate.com
Sat Feb 12 04:47:34 CET 2011



The 2011 Best Illusion of the Year Contest will be held in Naples, Florida
(Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, http://www.thephil.org/) on
Monday, May 9th, 2011, 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.

Past contests have been highly successful in drawing public attention to
vision research, with over ***FIVE 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 20019 contest were Koukichi
Sugihara (Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences,
Japan), Bart Anderson (University of Sydney, Australia), and Jan Kremlacek
(Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic).

To see the illusions, photo galleries and other highlights from the 2010 and
previous contests, go to http://illusionoftheyear.com 

Eligible submissions are novel perceptual or cognitive illusions
(unpublished, or published no earlier than 2010) of all sensory modalities
(visual, auditory, etc.) in standard image, movie or html formats. Exciting
new variants of classic or known illusions are 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 WINNERS! 

Illusions submitted to previous editions of the contest can be re-submitted
to the 2011 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. The TOP TEN illusion will be posted on the illusion
contest's website *after* the Contest Gala. Illusions not chosen among the
TOP TEN will not be disclosed. 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

Submissions can be made to Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde (Illusion Contest
Executive Producer, Neural Correlate Society) via email
(smart at neuralcorrelate.com) until February 14, 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
. 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://illusionoftheyear.com

Submit your ideas now and take home this prestigious award! 

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


Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD

Executive Producer, Best Illusion of the Year Contest

President, Neural Correlate Society



Director, Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience

Division of Neurobiology

Barrow Neurological Institute

350 W. Thomas Rd

Phoenix AZ 85013, USA


Phone: +1 (602) 406-3484

Fax: +1 (602) 406-4172

Email: smart at neuralcorrelate.com 



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