So far I have only come across Shepard-Risset Glissando. Does anyone know more audio illusions/tricks which boggle human brain?

Recently I came up with an applied version of Shepard-Risset tone by creating an audio illusion of a sound of a bottle never filling up... Here is the link http://tumblr.com/xrp1pvqqh9 and youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkXAng5fetk&hd=1

Would like to know if any of you are experimenting with auditory illusions?

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Check out "Auditory Scene Analysis" by Al Bregman.


  • If you're curious, Bregman published a book called Auditory Scene Analysis. (I't s a big fat book, but the last chapter basically sums the whole book up into a digestable length.)
    – MtL
    Commented Mar 13, 2011 at 4:10

The McGurk effect is a pretty interesting trick. Wikipedia and Youtube

  • awesome...good audio/visual illusion
    – Rishi Dani
    Commented Mar 13, 2011 at 1:44

I know it's not exactly what you're looking for, but I absolutely love the illusion of the "false center" created by a pair of evenly-spaced monitors.


Check out the 'Franssen Effect' aswell!


Thanks guys... you have put up some good stuff to dig out there. Also this another audiorty illusion called Diana Deutsch's Scale Illusion is quite intriguing. I am planning to do an applied version of the illusion from sound design pespective...worth investigating I feel.

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