Long time readers of The Scholarly Kitchen know that we love a good optical illusion (and are still wrapping our heads around this one from 2021). Each year the Neural Correlate Society holds a contest to pick the year’s best submitted optical illusion, and here are the winners from 2023, a special treat for Harry Potter fans out there.

First Prize: Platform 9 3/4

Second Prize: Tower of Cubes?

Third Prize: Cornelia

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


1 Thought on "The Best Optical Illusions of 2023"

David, please continue the Friday specials. I know it is Friday when you post something fun, unusual, thought-provoking, and not necessarily centered in the scholarly-publishing universe. Thank you!

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