Optical Illusions: Can You Be Fooled?

How easily can you be fooled? Our brains are pretty amazing and they’ve developed really incredible methods and coping mechanisms to help us make sense of our world. Parts of our brain simply aren’t perfect though, which result in optical illusions. Not technically a bad thing!

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1. The images below actually aren’t animated, but our brain tells us that they are.

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2. This image uses a similar technique.

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3. Same goes for this one!

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4. Do these cars look like they’re different sizes to you?

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The truth is that they’re all the same!

This illusion works because our brain determines an object’s size based on perceived distance. The third car seems like it should be further away, so in return appears larger.
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5. It looks like these dots are changing colors and rotating, but if you focus on a single dot you’ll see that simply isn’t true.

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6. This illusion is similar. Stare at the cross in the center and watch what happens to the blank spot.

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7. This giant globe appears 3D…

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…but the truth is that it is actually flat!

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8. Which orange circle looks larger to you?

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They’re actually the same size!

This is because when you surround an object with larger objects, it can make it appear smaller.
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9. If you stare at the yellow dot and move closer to the screen, the rings will rotate.

This happens because of flaws we have in our peripheral vision.
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10. Can you believe the A and B squares below are actually the same color?

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…here is proof!

Our brains magically adjust color based on shadows that surround an object.
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11. Stare at this photo for 30 seconds, then look at the following image.

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When you stare at a moving image for too long, your eyes can become fatigued. That can affect how you perceive the next image you look at as they try to regain composure.
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12. In this image, the back wall of the room is slanted towards the camera, and the ceiling is slanted downwards. This distorts our depth perception.

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13. The yellow and blue bars appear to nudge forward at different times, right?

When the black bars are removed, you’ll see that actually isn’t true.
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14. Looking closely at this image will make it appear lighter, but when you move away it appears darker.

This is a result of the dynamic luminance-gradient effect by Alan Stubbs.
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15. Stare at the center of this image while it is showing the colored version, and then wait for it to turn to black and white.

Your brain will magically fill in what it thinks you should be seeing. Blink and it will turn black and white. Isn’t that amazing?
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16. All of the dots in this image are actually white.

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17. This amazing illusion by Brusspup shows how the human brain and eyes can be manipulated by using a black lined card.

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18. Their eyes will follow you no matter your direction!

This is because our brains perceive faces differently than they do other objects.
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(H/T distractify)

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