Field of Science

Eyewitness testimony - illusions of movement

These are very interesting illusions.  Most of them work on me especially the one shown here, as long as my eyes keep scanning.  You can stop them by concentrating on one point.  Some of them don't work or don't work as well on me.  Pretty hard to trust your eyes when they fool you like this.  Anyone out there red-green color blind?  Do these illusions work on you?  What ones did you like or dislike?  Could you paint your car with one of these patterns?  He was moving really fast, officer.  Would that be dangerous? Wonder if natural selection has ever produced such a pattern in the biological world?

2 comments:

Madalyn Zimbric said...

I don't think it's working for me. What is it supposed to do?

Tomas Rees said...

Works for me. Best way to get it to work is to read the text underneath, and then look at it out of the 'top' of your eye.

It's the saccadic movements of the eye plus the brains interpolation of peripheral vision that creates the effect.