Jefferson Lab Dec. 9 Science Lecture Discusses How Visual Illusions Trick the Mind

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Jefferson Lab will host an illuminating and educational presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 9, titled How the Mind Tricks Us: Visualizations and Visual Illusions with Dr. Eric Mazur, Harvard University.

Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University. He is an internationally recognized scientist and researcher, leading a vigorous research program in optical physics and one of the largest research groups in the Harvard Physics Department.

Neurobiology and cognitive psychology have made great progress in understanding how the mind processes information, in particular visual information, according to Mazur. He says the knowledge we can gain from these fields has important implications for the presentation of visual information and student learning.

The Dec. 9 lecture will start at 7 p.m., last about an hour and include a question-and-answer period at the end. It will take place in Jefferson Lab's CEBAF Center auditorium, located at 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. It is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about science.

For security purposes, enter at Jefferson Lab's main entrance (Onnes Drive.). Everyone over 16 is asked to carry a valid photo ID. Security guards may perform ID, parcel and vehicle checks. For directions and information about other Jefferson Lab public lectures, visit, or contact Christine Wheeler, email or call 757-269-7560.

Jefferson Lab is one of 17 U.S. Department of Energy national research laboratories and facilities. It is managed and operated by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC for the DOE Office of Science.  This lecture are part of Jefferson Lab's ongoing fall and spring Science Series.

Webpage with his talk, Visualizations and Visual Illusions: How the Mind Tricks Us:

Interactive Simulations from University of Colorado teachers based on Eric Mazur's:

Abstracts of other talks give by Eric Mazur:

Biographical information on Dr. Eric Mazur:


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