A book about optical illusions, co-authored by a Sussex neuroscientist Professor Anil Seth, has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize – which is awarded annually for the best book that communicates science to children aged up to 14.
Professor Anil Seth, Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at Sussex, worked as consultant editor on the book Eye Benders: The science of seeing and believing, by Clive Gifford, which is one of six science based books chosen for shortlisting by a panel of judges.
The book’s publisher, Lewes based Ivy Kids, describes it as a “crazy book of optical illusions” that “introduces kids to the neuroscience behind how our brains and our eyes interact, creating these amazing phenomena”.
The judges said: “Warning: this book will try to trick you! It is full of optical illusions you can try for yourself, and we love how interactive this is. What this book does really well is explain each trick of the eye through the science behind it. Both fascinating and fun.”
Groups of young people across the UK will now judge the six shortlisted books and choose a winner, which will be announced in November. The Royal Society will also be running a blog throughout the judging process, and, like the other shortlisted writers and editors, Professor Seth will be on hand to answer questions from the young judges about the book. Professor Seth said: “We see with our brains, not just with our eyes, and visual illusions like those in Eye Benders show just how much goes on behind-the-scenes in transforming patterns of light into visual experiences. Illusions are great fun too, making them perfect for young people getting to grips with their grey matter. I’m delighted that the book has been recognised by the Royal Society and am eager to answer any questions that come my way!”
For more information on the book prize, visit the Royal Society’s website.
We look forward to hearing the results and good luck to Professor Anil Seth and Clive Gifford!