Oct 28, 2006
By: Caroline Latham
What do you see?
Keep looking at it …
You should be able to perceive two different images (but probably not at the same time)
Brain science of what’s going on:
This image is an example of an ambiguous illusion — a picture or object that requires perceptual switching between the alternative interpretations of figure and ground. And although you may be able to switch back and forth to see one image or the other, your eyes will not let you see both at the same time.
Our visual perception is created by our brain’s interpretation in the cerebral cortex of visual information entering through the visual pathway. Our minds get actively involved in interpreting the perceptual input, rather than passively, objectively recording it…please remember that next time your have a strong disagreement with someone. You may both be facing the same exact reality but “seeing” it in different ways!
The face of an Indian Chief or an Eskimo walking
Next brain teaser in SharpBrains’ top 25 series:
- #10. Fun Mental Rotation challenge