Optical illusions can really get to your brains. The pictures can be very deceptive and misleading for our brain. The illusion can be of light, colour, or pattern but it’ll really hurt your brain. Remember the blue- black, white-gold dress that went viral last year? Oh, boy! It’s impossible to forget.
Of late, a lot of illustrations are going viral on social media asking people to find bear, tiger, lion, and what not. Here’s another optical illusion that has left the Internet wondering just how is it possible.
Originally shared by Japanese psychology professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka on his Facebook page, the illusion has created a buzz on social media. His post has gone viral with over 25,000 shares at the time of writing.
The illusion was then shared by game developer Will Kerslake on Twitter which also went viral with over 35,000 shares.
The picture has grey lines drawn on a white background and 12 dots put on the equidistant intersections. “There are twelve black dots at the intersections in this image. Your brain won’t let you see them all at once,” Kerslake writes.
Believe it or not, he is right. You won’t be able to see them all together. Why? Because it’s Ninio’s Extinction Illusion which doesn’t allow the brain to process the image as quickly as you see it.
Can you spot all 12 together?
There are twelve black dots at the intersections in this image. Your brain won’t let you see them all at once. pic.twitter.com/ig6P980LOT
— Will Kerslake (@wkerslake) September 11, 2016
“When the white disks in a scintillating grid are reduced in size, and outlined in black, they tend to disappear. One sees only a few of them at a time, in clusters which move erratically on the page. Where they are not seen, the grey alleys seem to be continuous, generating grey crossings that are not actually present. Some black sparkling can be seen at those crossings where no disk is seen. The illusion also works in reverse contrast,” explains Ninio in a research paper.