Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Exploritorium Sensation and Perception Exhibits

If you have never had the opportunity to check out the Exploratorium Page, block off the next three months and go to For those not having that kind of time, go to to view a number of exhibits (activities) specific to sensation and perception.

The exhibits for Seeing include:
  • Mix-n-Match - You can mix just three colors of light to make over 16 million different colors!
  • Depth Spinner - Does it feel like the walls are closing in?
  • Changing Illusions - Tease your brain with five interactive illusions.
  • Fading Dot - If you stare at this dot, for few moments it disappears
  • Cafe Wall Illusion - Interact with the Cafe Wall Illusion.
  • Postcard Exhibits - Four exhibits small enough to fit on postcards.
  • Sliding Gray Step - Is it light gray or dark gray? It depends on the surroundings.
  • Shimmer - Your eye movements make this design seem to shimmer.
  • Trapezoidal Window - Sometimes things are not as they appear.
  • Bird In A Cage - When your color vision tires, you can see colors that aren't really there.
  • Squirming Palm - Can you make your palm squirm?
  • Mona - Leonardo's famous model is used in an interesting perceptual experiment.
  • The Temple Illusion - This ancient temple holds a secret...can you reveal the mystery?
The exhibits for Hearing include:
Please be aware many of the above activities require a specific program (Shockwave, QuickTime VR, or Real Audio). As you have time, explore the other exhibits on the page especially those in the Mind section.

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