5 mind-bendingly awesome optical illusions

Part 1 in a series. Click here for Part 2: 5 More Mind-Bending Optical Illusions

Think you see the world as it is? Think again. As discussed in an earlier post, our brains filter input from the senses, piecing together a world that differs from reality. To shake up the old blogging formula (and to make room for these theoretical math midterms currently dominating my life), I’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest optical illusions on the web. Aside from being awesome, these give insight into how the brain interprets visual cues. I’ll be back soon with the science behind the coolest ones.

5. Peripheral Drift

The textbook “motion where there is no motion.” Tried and true. A classic.

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4. The Herring Illusion

Are the lines curved…or are they parallel?

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3. The Mysterious Triangle

Look at that. It even works with fruit.

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2. The Hermann and Scintillating grids

Can you spot the ghostly blobs at the intersections? What about the blinking lights?

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1. The Checkered Tile Illusion

These tiles are the same color. Check out the video for a mindblowing demonstration.
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So there you have it! In my opinion these are some of the coolest optical illusions on the web. Which are you favorite (listed or not listed)? Share your illusions in the comments below. I know this post is lighter than usual, but I think it’s nice to change up the pace every now and then. As always, please like, share, or reblog this post if you enjoy it. That small click really helps me out! Be sure to check me out on Twitter and Facebook as well. Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to subscribe for new content every Wednesday! IT’S FREE!

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This is, Hands Down, the Coolest Optical Illusion You’ll Ever See (Vulture)


Comment question of the week

Which of these are the coolest? What are your favorite optical illusions? Share and link to them!


3 thoughts on “5 mind-bendingly awesome optical illusions

    • Hey, Isa. These are really cool! I especially like the Angry Birds and pixelated ones. It would be awesome if the artist made these motion illusions on faces–I bet it would be crazy to see someone’s face moving like that. Thanks for sharing. Any favorites here?

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