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Believing is Seeing: An Artist and a Scientist Discuss Perception

A presentation by Dr. Farhad Dastur, KPU Psychology Department & Nicoletta Baumeister

Imagine two shapes: one for the word “bouba” and one for the word “kiki.” Was bouba rounded while kiki had angles? Why do people see objects in abstract art?  How can the same dress be different colours to different people? In this image-rich talk, a visual artist and a cognitive scientist reveal how perception is more subtle, more extraordinary, and more interesting that we ever imagined.


6pm: Hands-on science activities and demonstrations
7pm: Presentation