8 Mind-Boggling Optical Illusions
If you’ve ever felt like you go a little cross-eyed after taking a peek at an optical illusion, then you know they can be a pretty intense phenomenon. What your eyes perceive when looking at one of these images is actually a visual illusion; you see the image as something different than what it is because the different cells and receptors in your eyes distinguish images and colors at dissimilar speeds. The eye can only receive a limited amount of visual stimuli, but as your brain constantly processes the visual information, it gives you the illusion of continuous sight. Whether it’s an optical, physiological or cognitive illusion, the design plays a trick on your eyes (and mind). Check out some of the interesting illusions below—but beware, you may not be able to absorb them all in one sitting.
The brown leaf shapes against a green background make this look as if the entire group is flowing—making waves if you focus on the picture as a whole.
If you stare at this one long enough you’ll notice a fast and pulsing multicolored vortex.
The blue almond-shaped objects look as if they’re all passing over three separate columns.
Although this image is comprised of simple purple and green squares outlined in black, it looks like it is bulging out in the center.
A collection of black, blue, green and white shapes appears to be five different kaleidoscope-type figures—each swirling toward their centers.
The black and white circular lines make this illusion seem as if there are various depths in the image, creating different entryways and tunnels.
If you stare at the center of the image, it looks as if the outer rings are rotating in alternating directions—an effect meant to mesmerize the viewer.
These bright purple and green star-like shapes appear to be moving, which can be a little nauseating if you stare at it for too long.