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What do you see first, animals or people?

Cour­tesy Matt Lieber­man, author of “Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Con­nect”

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Try hard, try dif­fer­ent, and you’ll see both 🙂

For more visu­al illu­sions and brain teasers:

For more about Dr. Lieberman’s work:

 

Fun visual illusion: what do you see?

glossy_legs_illusion

– The Glossy Legs Illu­sion. Cred­it: Hunter Cul­ver­house, @leonardhoespams/Instagram

Glossy Legs Leave Inter­net Agog (Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can):

…A young artist has post­ed a pic­ture of their legs, which are impos­si­bly encased in shiny shrink-wrapped plas­tic. Or are they? The more you look at it, the more like­ly you will real­ize that the shell is not plas­tic, but rather bare skin with a few streaks of care­ful­ly applied white paint. And for many of you, it will then switch back to plas­tic again!”

—> For more, you can enjoy Sharp­Brains’ top 25 brain teasers and visu­al illu­sions.

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 »

Tease your mind with visual illusions


This is one of the Win­ners of the 2014 Best Illu­sion of The Year Con­test. Enjoy!

Expla­na­tion: Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Games and Optical Illusions @ National Geographic

optical illusion gamesSev­er­al Sharp­Brains friends rec­om­mend the recent 3-part Nation­al Geo­graph­ic TV mini-series Brain Games focused on Per­cep­tion, Atten­tion and Mem­o­ry. You can learn about the series and exper­i­ment a good num­ber of visu­al illu­sions Here.

You may also enjoy this arti­cle on Visu­al Illu­sions in Art and Sci­ence, and these clas­sic illu­sions from our own brain teas­er library:
- The Muller-Lyer Illu­sion.
— Don’t try this with your part­ner, or you may fight.
— How many col­ors do you see in The Her­mann Grid?
— This is less obvi­ous than it may appear.
— Is this a cir­cle or what?
— Are these 2 rows par­al­lel?
— What do you see?

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