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Splash Biography

CHRISTOPHER BALDASSANO, Postdoc at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Major: Psychology

College/Employer: Princeton University

Year of Graduation: Pdoc

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I was an undergrad at Princeton in Electrical Engineering, and then received my PhD from Stanford in Computer Science. I work on understanding how the human visual system processes complicated images, using brain imaging. I've taught this course on optical illusions for several years at Stanford, and am excited to be bringing it to Princeton! Find more info about me at

Past Classes

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S252: The Science of Optical Illusions in Splash Spring 15 (Apr. 25, 2015)
Seeing the world around us feels effortless, but our visual system of our brain is actually incredibly complicated. We automatically make guesses about the world that influence what we perceive, and our brain has specialized areas to process different types of visual information. In this class, we’ll use optical illusions to investigate the surprisingly complex tricks that our brains use to help us understand the world. We’ll learn that all of us are partially blind, that colors are not what they seem, why faces are so important, and much more!