Optical illusions are wonderful because they serve as a simple reminder that our brains can easily be tricked into seeing things that may or may not be true.  When our brains misinterpret data by taking shortcuts based on previous experiences in reality, well, then then… see below…

 

Is the train going forwards or backwards?

which way is the train going illusion gif
Source:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/kellyoakes/captivating-optical-illusion-gifs-that-will-make-your-brain#2dclu9p

 

You can control the speed of this gif…

faster slower illusion gif
Source: http://giphy.com/gifs/optical-illusion-check-it-out-test-thing-oI0W8GaAI4pRC

 

Wait, but I – the block – it’s falling into itself…

block illusion gif
Source: http://gifsound.com/?gif=https://i.imgur.com/5WOe7kS.jpg&v=FavUpD_IjVY

 

The grey bar is uniform in color…

gradient illusion gif
Source:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/kellyoakes/captivating-optical-illusion-gifs-that-will-make-your-brain#2dclu9p

 

Where did the empty block come from?

where did the square go illusion gif
Source:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/kellyoakes/captivating-optical-illusion-gifs-that-will-make-your-brain#2dclu9p

 

Which directions are the two circles spinning?

rotating both ways  illusion gif
Source:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/kellyoakes/captivating-optical-illusion-gifs-that-will-make-your-brain#2dclu9p

 

Keep pointing at the road that looks different…

different road illusion gif
Source:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/kellyoakes/captivating-optical-illusion-gifs-that-will-make-your-brain#2dclu9p

 

 Just.  Plain.  Creepy.

rotating face illusion gif
Source: http://en.viralnova.com/optical-illusion-gifs/

 

 Traversing the Penrose Triangle…

penrose triangle illusion gif
Source:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/kellyoakes/captivating-optical-illusion-gifs-that-will-make-your-brain#2dclu9p

 

 How is that physically possible?  Oh.

pencil through squares illusion gif
Source: http://en.viralnova.com/optical-illusion-gifs/

 

  • Dbakeca Italia

    amazing illusion

  • Collin Gilbert

    love it!

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