Weekend Diversion: An Optical Illusion For Your Ears (Synopsis)

“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.” -Anais Nin

You know the expression that you should believe half of what you see and none of what you hear, don’t you? After all, illusions are prevalent everywhere we look (or listen), and perhaps Thievery Corporation got it right in their song,

The Supreme Illusion.

But what do you do when what you see and what you hear confound one another?

Image credit: Esther Wiersinga-Post (edits by me), via http://www.ai.rug.nl/nl/project/integratie.html.
Image credit: Esther Wiersinga-Post (edits by me), via http://www.ai.rug.nl/nl/project/integratie.html.

Believe it or not, a visual stimulus can actually change what you hear, a phenomenon known as the McGurk effect!

Go read the whole story, and experience it for yourself here.