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The Pseudoscope MX3

Phantascope: `A contrivance for exhibiting phenomena of binocular vision' O.E.D.

The Phantascopes are designed for research into the eye-brain system, either on an individual level, as part of an inter-active science context, or integrated into an educational program. As a result of the significant changes to space perception they make possible, there are many activities which may be enhanced by their use - these are a few suggestions. We would be very interested to hear of your experiences for additions to this list.

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Interactive- Science Centre

Pseudoscopic perception of space is unlike the normal perception of space: it introduces a strong component of transparency which transposes back and front. This has an impact on the interpretation of movement, shadow, ambiguous structures, and reflection. Used in conjunction with targets, such as the Rhombus, Hypersphere or Rolygon, the Pseudoscope will instantly reveal seemingly impossible phenomena. Looking at more natural targets such as trees, the background will fight to be foreground, foreground will struggle to be background - a light breeze will make the tree a crazy impossible object. Most importantly perhaps will be the fact that the users who may not previously believed such things were possible, having had these experiences for themselves, probably for the first time, enter a new domain of visual experience.

Gallery/Exhibition Use

Part of integrated viewing of exhibits In either art or science, where exhibits are three-dimensional, it is possible to add emphasis by lighting or movement. A Pseudoscope might be used in a similar way to dramatise aspects of structures, revealing new content and creating a new experience for the spectators. This will be very effective with some modern sculpture which is very spatial, such as Anthony Gormley's 'Quantum Man', but even with the work of a land artist, such as Richard Long, extraordinary qualities of 'transparency' reveal themselves.

Schools of Psychology

Perception Studies As an easy to pick up hand-held device, the MX3, used with a suitable target, demonstrates in the blink of an eye, what is important and different about pseudoscopic vision. Moreover its construction of two 'Z' plates de-mystifies for students how the device works, which is not the case with prismatic types. In addition, being portable, it has the advantage over optical bench assemblies of being as easy to take on field studies as a pair of binoculars, considerably extending the range of subject matter beyond the confines of a laboratory context. Further, researchers in stereoscopic vision may find it valuable to have a device that suppresses stereoscopic stimuli.

Mathematics. Regular Polytopes and Speculative Geometry - Part 2

Changes in the perception of mathematical models viewed through the Hyperscope are extended by the Pseudoscope which 'Neckers' in full 3 dimensions. While we may imagine figures everted, in strange orientations or performing impossible yet internally consistent transformations, with the Pseudoscope they can be seen for real. Inside becomes outside, back becomes front, shadows and reflections change places - and this can be viewed for long periods for study without eye-strain. It is also possible to exercise a useful degree of control over what you see - and this adds another interesting aspect. For example, with both eyes open the Pseudoscope will turn a simplex figure inside out. Closing one eye, the figure will revert to normal. Opening the eye again will allow you to watch the figure morph back into reversed stereo, as the pseudoscopic stimuli reassert themselves. You see the 'flip' happen.

Art School

Manipulation of Visual Imagery One valuable feature of Pseudoscopic vision is that it intercepts reality, or 'orthodox' perceptions. Normal vision is vital, but its familiarity might be a handicap for students who are attempting to invent new ways to communicate their subjective experiences. To see space fundamentally altered, which is what a Pseudoscope does, is conceptually very liberating, and offers many opportunities.