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These 6 Classic Optical Illusions Will Test Your Mind

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Our brains can truly play tricks on us and nothing demonstrates this better than these optical illusions. Enjoy!

#6. Are the squares inside the blue and yellow squares all the same color?

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#6. Are the squares inside the blue and yellow squares all the same color?

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Yes. 

They seem different because you perceive colors differently depending on their relation to adjacent colors.

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#5. Are the horizontal lines straight or crooked?

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#5. Are the horizontal lines straight or crooked?

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The lines are straight.

The vertical zigzag patterns disrupt our horizontal perception.

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#4. Are the circles static or moving?

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#4. Are the circles static or moving?

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The circles are static.

This is because of the cognitive effects and the way color contrasts interact with shape position.

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#3. How many legs does this elephant have?

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#3. How many legs does this elephant have?

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There is no answer, really, because of an effect known as the subjective or illusory contour – shapes are created by those around it even though they’re not drawn at all.

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#2. Are the two horizontal lines the same length?

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#2. Are the two horizontal lines the same length?

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They’re the same.

The visual angle gets smaller with distance, so the brain automatically perceives objects at farther distances to be bigger. In addition, there’s something called the Mueller-Lyer illusion, which means the brain perceives the line with outward flaps to be at a farther point than the one with inward flaps.

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#1. Can you see a baby?

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#1. Can you see a baby?

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Look again! It’s in the gray space…

Hope you had a good time!