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- Preparing for A-Level Psychology
- If you like what you see, take the next step towards A Level psychology.
- Introduction to psychology: a virtual tour with exercises and selective attention film clips
- A brief look at cognitive psychology
Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a Professor of Psychology in Japan, studies visual perception, visual illusion and optical illusion.
He does this for a host of reasons, including advertising, safety on roads, rail, sea and air, and to aid visual impairment and brain injury.
The film clip below by professor Akiyoshi kitaoka is all about understanding speed, which is very important when you are trying to judge how fast vehicles are travelling when joining or leaving the motorway, for example.
The train here has not changed speed: it is all in the mind!
Visit his website and take a look at the 'illusions' listed below.
Warning - these are still images that will appear to be moving, if you have any health issues linked to sight, please access with care.
Akiyoshi's Illusion Page (open's in new window) (http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/index-e.html)
"Rotating snakes" - Circular snakes appear to rotate 'spontaneously'.
"Brightness illusion" - Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka introduces the 'brightness illusion' as follows:
Of particular interest here is our physical reaction to light: the pupil contracts to shield against light, even though the white is exactly the same throughout. This opens up areas for research into the visual cortex, the part of the brain responsible for vision.
- Further reading.
Psychology Review, is a recommended read. Here's a copy with an article by our psychology teacher (pages 12-15):
You'll also find links to lots of further reading through the Simply Psychology website https://www.simplypsychology.org/.