For some reason, we are all
fascinated at least mildly intrigued by optical illusions. I remember being amazed as a kid that an image can be 2 things at once:
Of course, as time and technology rolled on, optical illusions transitioned into video, and thus we all began to stare intently at spiraling circles or unblinking faces in the attempt to view the after effects on our rods and cones when we then shifted our focus to a blank wall.
This year’s top winner is called, ““Dynamic Ebbinghaus” and it features a black circle, which actually stays the same size, but appears to change when surrounded by a set of circles that grow and shrink over time.
If that is not enough to keep your mind blown, you can take also take a look at some of the runner ups. This features three strips of road and asks the viewer to point out which one they think looks different.
The “Pigeon-Neck Illusion” generates apparent reverse motion – similar to the action of a pigeon’s neck when it walks.
The “Rotating McThatcher Illusion” demonstrates the fact our unconscious ability to lipread “is influenced by processes considered idiosyncratic to face perception”.
However, if you really want the most amazing optical illusion recognized by the society then check out the 2010 winner – “Impossible motion: magnet-like slopes”.
Do you have any optical illusions that you’ve come across that really blew you away? If so, post the link below.