Understanding the Senses: Past & Present

University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference

28 and 29 March 2018

The CSPE presented two research stalls at the conference at which more than 400 delegates were registered to attend. They included colleagues from other parts of the United Kingdom, but also visitors from Indonesia, Gaza, Ukraine, Sweden, Serbia and the Republic of Ireland.


One of our research stalls demonstrated virtual reality, and this was accompanied by details of the teaching competition that we recently ran at the University of Glasgow to develop ten virtual reality scenarios for teaching, and our future plans for collaborating with a local company, Sublime, to build these scenarios and a platform on which they will sit that will gather data about their use. Dr Neil McDonnell also gave a talk on this project at the conference.
The second of our research stalls demonstrated the Illusions Index (www.illusionsindex.org) and flagged up its potential use for teaching, In addition, we demonstrated some illusions and perceptual effects on the stall, including:
  • ‘Reverspective’ 3D images with apparently move in unusual ways relative to observers
  • ‘Mirascope’ 3D optical illusion of an object
  • 'Hyperscope' that increases 3D depth perception
  • Hollow mask illusion
  • Animated transparencies causing motion illusions
  • Spinning motion aftereffect disc 
  • Jelly beans that you ‘taste’ with your nose
  • Nice and nasty sweeties

Further details of the conference are here: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/headline_576529_en.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=http://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/

Stall Presenters: Professor Fiona Macpherson, Dr. Neil McDonnell, Dr. Derek Brown, Raul Ros