Neurology of Illusions
- Human Neurology

As mentioned in the previous page looking at perception, illusions can be caused by mental disorders or misreading of the sensory data obtained from the external environment. For now we will look at the latter.

Visual Illusions

  • Ambiguities
    These types of illusions are perceptual changes, leaving the brain to second guess the actual position of the elusive object
  • Distortions
    Caused by sensory misreadings in regards to spatial awareness, where the illusion can be distorted from its actual location and outline
  • Paradoxes
    Illusions that appear to be logically impossible, and therefore makes the brain unsure if it is real or really an illusion
  • Fictions
    This is caused by the brain 'assuming' the presence of hard surfaces where there may be not, therefore creating the potential of an illusion if the brains assumption about the external object in incorrect

Auditory Illusions

One of the most famous of these is the Doppler Effect, where a noise situated close to you has a higher pitch of sound to that of a sound further away. This is the case if you should and get an echo, your voice will always sound more deeper in the echo when it is not. This is effectively an illusion.

The Study of Illusions

As mentioned previously, the study of illusions in sufferers of a mental disorder provide a key into a deeper understand of what is going on in their mind. This is also the case of a healthy brain, where the study of illusions can work out the parameters at which it compensates for its own lack of ability

It is worth noting that the trial and error the sensory organs function have, they are as just as foolproof as any other conscious human thought. The chances of your brain not being able to guess the spatial distance of a fuzzy moving object is the same lack in ability that people have in typing an error free document

In this sense, illusions is studying the perceptions and sensory data obtained from situations where human error prevents us from seeing the real deal.

Another interesting fact is that the retina is read by the brain every 0.1 seconds, meaning that you are not actually seeing anything in the present, but something that just happened a fraction of a second ago.

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