Optical illusions always play with your eyes and your brain, but these are so much more that you will be left in amazement after watching these gifs. These is optical illusions at their best. A sure treat for your eyes. You can’t afford to miss them!
1. Have a look at this swirling pattern for 30 seconds and then look at the still from the movie “Inception” below.
Notice this still from the movie Inception rotating? Staring at the swirling gif makes your eyes fatigued, so the non-moving images come to life as they try to regain composure.
2. By manipulating the human brain and eyes, Brusspup is able to create amazing animations with nothing but a black card.
They even manage to fool cats.
It gets better and better.
3. Notice these cigarettes are actually the same size.
Yes, believe it or not!
The slanting effect of the picture makes your eyes think that one cigarette is smaller than the other. But actually there the same exact size. Its just the angle at which your eyes can be fooled.
4. And you’d think that the girl is shorter than the man at the other end. But its all in the angle at which your eyes are being subjected to.
The “Ames Room” illusion messes with our depth perception and is created by slanting the back wall of the room towards the camera and the ceiling downwards.
5. Look at this picture. Concentrate on the 4 dots in the middle for 30 seconds. Now look at a blank wall and blink repeatedly at a fast pace. What do you notice?
Yes, that’s right…Its Jesus.
6. All the dots on this image are white, but some appear black.
No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to look directly at the black dots that appear in the circles. Why this illusion works is still a mystery.
7. These squares are actually the same exact color. Hold your finger horizontally over the boundary between the two shapes and the colors will be corrected.
This Cornsweet illusion exploits a phenomenon in the brain known as lateral inhibition which creates more contrast between the two objects because of the differently colored edges.
8. Stare at the green dot too long and the yellow spots will disappear. Blink and they’ll return.
This illusion is called the Troxler effect and however hard it may be to believe – the yellow dots are always present. Unvarying images are very quick to disappear from our awareness, especially when they’re surrounded by constantly changing imagery.
9. This image has a similar effect, stare at the cross in the center and the blank spot will turn green.
Your brain just doesn’t stop deceiving you does it? Wait there’s more.
10. Look the dinosaurs’ eyes follow you wherever you go… Creepy!
The “hollow face illusion” works because our brains perceive objects differently when we recognize them as faces. Although the right eye of the dinosaurs get farther as you move, you brain believes the distance is closer than it really is.
11. Which way is this train moving? Look long enough or blink and your brain will change the direction.
This is part of the ‘wagon-wheel effect. Closing your eyes for a second then opening them or looking in the direction you want the train to travel, should allow you to switch directions on command. The same goes for this wheel…
You really can’t make out! This is just insane.
12. These three cars may look like they’re different sizes, but in reality, they’re all exactly the same.
Don’t believe me?
The Ponzo illusion happens because our brains judge an object’s size based on its background. If something is the same size as another object, but looks further away, we’ll think that it’s bigger.
13. You probably won’t believe it, but the squares marked ‘A’ and ‘B’ are actually the exact same shade of grey!
Your eyes and brain are constantly trying to figure out the color of the objects around you, and they automatically adjust for shadows. Since B is in the shade of the green cylinder, but is still the same color as A, the brain believes that it must be a far lighter shade of grey and adjusts what you see.
14. Akiyoshi Kitaoka uses geometrical shapes, brightness and color to create motion illusions. These images are not animated, but the human brain makes them appear so.
15. Using similar techniques, Randolph is able to create similar, more psychedelic illusions.
Or complex ones like these.
Really my mind is completely twisted after watching these!
16. Fix your eyes on the black dot and the grey stripe will turn blue or green.
As you focus on the dot, the grey begins to merge with the orange background. The moment you look away from the dot, the bar will return to grey.
17. Stare at the center of the colored version, and wait for it to change to black and white.
Instead of turning black and white, your brain fills in the color it thinks you should be seeing, based on the orange and blue photo. Blink and you’ll be back to black and white.
18. The photograph of the Leaning Tower of Pisa on the right appears to lean more to the right. In reality, they’re identical photographs and the towers are parallel.
If two towers are parallel, then from a ground perspective they’d eventually converge into one another. So, when your eyes and brain see two towers that are parallel, they assume that they must be moving apart as they rise into the air and create the resulting illusion.
19. These blue lines look like they’re moving in pairs. Until the green squares appear over them, making them a diamond.
This is part of the Motion Binding illusion. When the edges of the diamond are covered, you lose all information on the vertices of the lines and you no longer detect the individual movements of the two pairs.
20. These are actually just circles, but your brain is tricking you into seeing spirals.
21. These dots seem to form rotating circles that change color as they orbit the center. But focus your eyes on a single dot – there’s no rotating or color change at all.
22. Cover the sides of the hallway with your hands and the animation speeds down, cover the middle and the animation speeds up.
It can get better than this!
23. These yellow and blue blocks appear to move one after the other, right?
When the black bars are removed, you’ll see that they’re always parallel and that the black bars are distorting your brain’s perception of movement.
24. These horizontal lines appear to be sloping, but look long enough, and you’ll see that they’re parallel to one another.
Initially, it’s difficult to see the grey line between white and black tiles, meaning that the brain fills in the grey as either black or white, creating the illusion that the lines are sloped.
25. These overlapping circles are actually perfectly round and don’t touch at all – can you see past the illusion?
26. Using clever design, artists like Ibride are able to create art that look different or even impossible depending on the angle.
It is just beyond awesome and mysterious as to how little does our brain really process to such manipulations.
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