May 7, 2013: Illusions

Science Pub RVA #10

The Science of Illusions

With props, videos and humor, Dr. Cedar Riener took us on a tour of attention, memory and visual illusions.  He had us face some scientific realities about how we truly perceive and interact with our world, which resulted in some gasps and a lot of laughs.

Cedar Riener, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychology Randolph-Macon College
Cedar Riener, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Randolph-Macon College

Cedar Riener is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA.  Dr. Riener’s professional interests span both basic and applied research. His basic research investigates how the state of our body influences how we perceive the spatial layout of the natural world. One of his studies found that hills appear steeper when we are sad. His applied research seeks to apply findings in cognitive science to education. He has recently published and presented on the myth of learning styles. He earned his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Virginia.

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