Friday, February 24, 2012

Wagon Wheel Illusion

Have you noticed the “wagon wheel illusion", in which the wheels of a forward-moving vehicle appear to slow down or even roll backwards? Reportedly, the illusion was first noted during the playback of old films. Dr. David Eagleman at Baylor College of Medicine is studying how the brain processes time. Apparently the wagon wheel effect is not restricted to the movies: people also report experiencing it in real life.

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