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Eadweard Muybridge: Phenakistoscope disk (1893)

Eadweard Muybridge: Phenakistoscope disk (1893)

Playing Tricks with Perception

Eadweard Muybridge: Phenakistoscope disk (1893)

Playing Tricks with Perception

So-called optical toys such as thaumatropes, phenakistiscopes, kaleidoscopes, and stereoscopes were extremely popular in the nineteenth century. They served not only to entertain audiences, captivating the public as instruments of – voluntary or involuntary – deception, but also to study visual perception.

The lecture by Petra Löffler, media and cultural studies scholar at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, shows how playing tricks with humans’ visual perception can be used for science and research.

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Lecture series "The Nature of Perception - the Art of Peception"

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Petra Löffler is a media and cultural studies scholar. She was a research associate in the research group “Media and Cultural Communication” at the University of Cologne, where she received her doctoral degree with an interdisciplinary dissertation on “affective images.” She has taught at the Universities of Regensburg, Vienna, Siegen, and Weimar, and has taught at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since 2015. She successfully completed her habilitation in 2012 at the University of Vienna in the field of Film and Media Studies.



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