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The Hermann grid optical illusion, explained

In this image, do you see some­thing oth­er than black and white? Does it mat­ter if you look direct­ly at one of the black blocks, vs. at one of the inter­sec­tions?

Hermann Grid

While there are real­ly only black blocks and white spaces in the grid, the high con­trast black and white areas fool the eyes into per­ceiv­ing a gray cir­cle at each inter­sec­tion. The illu­sion results from Read the rest of this entry »

Does perception equal reality? Try this quick optical illusion…

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At first glance, you prob­a­bly see the nice land­scape. Those branch­es and trees, the water, that cou­ple at the bot­tom right.

Now, can you also see the baby?

Tricky, isn’t it?! The image above con­tains some ambigu­ous con­tours, cre­at­ing the effect known as a sub­jec­tive or illu­so­ry con­tour. The con­tour of the baby is cre­at­ed by the shapes around it. The baby’s head is on the left, the baby’s feet are against the trunk of the tree on the right.

–> For more fun men­tal stim­u­la­tion, try these Top Brain Teasers, Games and Illu­sions.

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