They say that we only see what we want to see, or that we project our world to our liking . This fantastic statement becomes true when we analyze the optical illusions that our brain generates when we see a certain image.
We understand by optical illusions those graphic perceptions that do not conform to objective reality, since in a sample of equal images two people are able to see (interpret) totally opposite things.
40 optical illusions that will surprise you
Below we show you the most outstanding optical illusions.
1. The 3 cars parked in line
3 cars of the same make and model, same color. Our perspective makes us see that they are different sizes.
3. The Zollner Illusion
Parallel lines that look diagonal when we add tabs.
4. The train
Is he coming or going?
4. Immobile circles
If we stare at them, they will be in motion
5. The sight disappears
If we concentrate on the point of view, we’ll see how the circles unravel.
6. From black and white to colour
If we concentrate on the image of bright colors, they become black and white.
7. Conrsweet illusion
If we put our finger in the middle of the figure, the color becomes the same on both sides.
8. The elephant
How many legs does the elephant have?
10. Crossed eyes
If we cross our eyes in the image we will see a famous face
10. The tentacles
If we follow an order in looking at stationary objects, we’ll see how they take on movement.
11. The fish or the woman
Which one do you see?
12. Rubin’s Cup
Depending on where you look, you’ll see two faces or a glass.
13. Adelson’s Illusion
By looking at the reconstruction, we will see that circles A and B do not have the same tone.
14. Ames’ room
Both people are the same size, but viewing the image in perspective makes them look different.
16. Shepard’s Tables
They are the same tables with the same shapes which, when seen in perspective, give us the feeling of being different.
17. The Jastrow Illusion
Both figures are exactly the same size, but because they are in different positions they appear to be different sizes.
18. The Pinna circles
It looks like an interlocking line, but they’re concentric circles.
19. The Gregory Cafeteria
This wall is in a cafeteria of Richard Gregory. The lines are parallel but the position of the squares makes them look messy.
20. The two-colored spiral?
The spiral looks like different colors, but both columns are the same color.
21. The Lingelbach Grid
You see black spots, right? Well, there aren’t any. They’re all white.
22. Moving points
This animation shows color changes in the points if we follow their movements.
23. Real 3D images
The 3D street art shows images like this, as if there really was a hole.
24. Parisian globe
If we see this figure from this perspective, a globe appears, but the reality is different
25. The orange circle
They look different in size, but if you look closely, they measure exactly the same.
26. Moving image
Let’s look at this image for a while
27. Static image
29. Moving blocks
This optical illusion can be seen once the black bars are removed, the movement of the blocks changes.
30. The dinosaurs look at us
The head is as motionless as the body, but if we change our perspective it seems to follow us with our eyes.
30. Follow the dots
If we follow the dots, it looks like they’re moving.
31. Brusspup” effect
There’s nothing more to add.
32. The 3 dancers
The 3 dancers do the movement to the same side, but our eyes see something else.
33. The elastic pencil
Amazing, isn’t it?
34. Duct tape
3D artists have achieved incredible results, like this one.
35. Yellow dots disappear
If you stare at the center point, the yellows will eventually disappear.
36. The colored dog, isn’t it?
If we look at the black dot for a few seconds, when the image changes to black and white our eyes still see the colors.
Perspective betrays us again in this optical illusion.
38. Do the balls move in a circle?
If we follow the balls, they seem to move in a compact circle. But they’re actually moving in a straight line.
39. Akiyoshi seeds
Japanese Akiyoshi is an expert in optical illusions. If we follow the green nuggets, they seem to be in motion.
40. The floating bucket