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. Volume XI Number 16 . . . . April 15, 2005
It’s a hot, cloudless summer day, and you and your family are driving down a straight highway. In front of the car and in the distance, there appears to be an inviting pool of water, but, alas, it’s never to be reached because it’s just a mirage or atmospheric optical illusion. While that illusion was created by nature, the 29 that are to be found in Amazing Optical Illusions, have all been created by humans. Each occupies but a single page and is introduced by a question found at the top of the page:
The optical illusion, which occupies most of the page, is then presented as a photo or other graphic, and an explanation for what is seemingly seen is provided at the bottom of the page.
The explanation for the two kids’ apparently different heights states:
Regarding the two faces, I believed that the face on the right side appeared happier, and the explanation confirmed that I “saw” what most people also see. “However, neither face is really ‘happier’ than the other. They are mirror-images.”
Obviously a book for fun viewing/reading and browsing, its contents could also contribute to high school level introductory psychology courses.
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children’s and YA literature in the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.
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