The Hypercube Animation is part of a large Website that provides links to several applets that demonstrate aspects of human perception. This site offers a Java applet of a hypercube, with a short explanation of how it relates to our ability to see the world in three dimensions.
Type of Material:
The site uses several Java Applets and text with numerous links to other sites of interest.
The site can serve as a reference for good online demonstrations of human perception. Instructors of psychology can direct their students to this site for formal review. The site can also be enjoyed by individuals who just want the pleasure of experiencing these simulations without delving into the psychological aspects of the illusions.
A browser that supports Java is required. Some views of the demonstrations require 3D glasses.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The primary purpose of the website is to allow the viewer, in a very informal fashion, to experience several classic demonstrations in human perception. A brief history of each illusion, as well as some instructional content is provided for each illusion.
Target Student Population:
Individuals of all ages can enjoy this site. For instructional use it is appropriate for junior high school and above.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No prerequisite knowledge or skills are required.
The site's applets are entertaining, and the accompanying text provides ample information about the history or background of the illusions being demonstrated.
I did not explore every linked web site, but at least one was non-functional.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site is not sophisticated in its approach to the subject matter, which contributes to its attractiveness and enjoyment value. Students of any age would enjoy this web site.
The instructional value of the applets are enhanced by the inclusion of some historical and explanatory content. However, the site does not provide sufficient detail to stand alone; and it will require supplementation by the instructor to provide full coverage of the perceptual principles and concepts introduced.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The applets are entertaining and very easy to use. The site is full of accompanying links to both formal and informal web sites.
The controls for some of the Java applets are not entirely intuitive. Users who don't read instructions may not find all of the "bells and whistles."
Other Issues and Comments:
This is a very informal yet informative web site. It entertains the viewer with several different illusions that represent good examples of huma perception and sensation.
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