Light Science pp 303-332 | Cite as

Visual Perception and Illusions

  • Thomas D. Rossing
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


To visually perceive a work of art, or for that matter, any object, the brain needs information. This information enters the eye in the form of light. The eye’s optical system focuses this light, producing images of objects in our environment on the retina. Receptors in the retina convert light into electrical impulses that are carried to the brain along neural pathways. Perception of the external world occurs when electrical signals are processed in the brain. In the end, it’s the brain’s business to make sense of sensation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNorthern Illinois UniversityDe KalbUSA
  2. 2.Science DepartmentNew Trier High SchoolWinnetkaUSA

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