The Anatomy & Physiology II class visited the science lab at the Tallahassee campus . These students are currently studying the nervous system, both general and special sensors. The visit provided the class with many interactive experiences that helped reinforce their classroom learning. The visit focused on neurologic demonstrations and students got hands on experience with more than a dozen sensory illusions.
Whether from injury, illness, or illusion, much of what scientist know about brains come from when they show deficiencies. The experiments students participated in (and the illusions they produced) likewise helped students understand such concepts as, receptor fields, phasic and tonic receptors, and cooperative/competitive receptor dynamics.
The experiments were designed and demonstrated by Dr. Robert Watkins, University Department Chair for Mathematics. They acted upon various photoreceptors, mechanoreceptors, and thermoreceptors, producing illusions that are mostly optical, but also some auditory, and tactile. Students learned about stereopsis, forced perspective, the Ames room illusion, 3D anaglyphs, random dot stereo pairs, the McGurk effect, the tri-tone illusion, Gestalt images, spatial illusions, after images, polarized light, trichromatic vision, linear zoetropic animation, and the rubber hand illusion (a body integrity disorder).