Kento Imai, Haruka Kayano, Kenri KodakaUSA – “XRAYHEAD

Author description: XRAYHEAD creates the striking illusion of seeing a skeleton inside one’s head when the experimenter touches the interior skeleton. This illusion is examined in a darkroom using a setup where the participant views a specially designed skeleton through a half mirror, and the experimenter touches the participant and the skeleton’s head with both hands. In this specific arrangement, the distance between the skeleton head and the palm of the experimenter’s hand determines the brightness of the skeleton. In our laboratory exhibition, 77 out of 101 participants reported experiencing a strong tactile sensation of the illusory skeleton within their heads.