Is your brain feeling drowsy? Do you feel the urgent need to slap your mind awake without needing to hurt your skull? Then all you need is to indulge in the brilliance of this intriguing optical illusion.
What Are Optical Illusions?
Optical illusions are puzzling images that play tricks with how a person sees things. They can come in three forms: literal, physiological, and cognitive.
A literal illusion occurs when two images appear to blend together into a single image. The brain attempts to perceive it as one unified image, while the eyes continue to signal the brain to analyse it as two separate images.
Physiological illusions are images that arise from the brain’s senses being overwhelmed, especially when the brain is sensitive to motion. These illusions occur when the eye encounters an excess of light, motion, and colour, which can lead to confusion in the brain.
Cognitive illusions are the most intricate type of illusion. They involve the subconscious part of the brain and its ability to connect with the image. The brain plays a crucial role in providing depth to your thoughts and interpreting what your eyes perceive.
How Many Blocks Do You See?
The image, now going viral, was shared on Twitter. The optical illusion confused many people on the internet. The illusion started a frenzy in the comment section as people wondered why they could see a certain amount of blocks no matter how hard they stared, while others could see a totally different image.
What Is The Correct Answer?
Unfortunately, the tick in your brain will not be able to settle down today, as this optical illusion is perceived differently by individuals. While most see 4 blocks lying on the floor between the cartoon people, some others only count 3 blocks.
The American Museum of Natural History explains, “What you see and what you think you see are different things. Your senses gather information and send it to your brain. But your brain does not simply receive this information; it creates your perception of the world.”
“This means that sometimes your brain fills in gaps when there is incomplete information or creates an image that isn’t even there,” added the museum.
That process is a result of evolution, says the museum. “Survival depends on fast reactions. Your brain has evolved to work quickly to piece together whatever bits and fragments it can get—and to do its best to figure out the rest.”
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