Reddit user r / woahdude posted an unusual image on the web. What is it about him? You look at him for a minute or two – and the riot of colors “dissolves” right before your eyes! No, this is not a GIF – this is just how our brain works. Try it and see for yourself.
How to watch?
Just look at the center of the picture without blinking or moving your gaze. Typically, the color image will begin to dissolve in about 15-20 seconds (some earlier, some later). On a smartphone screen, the illusion may not work, while using a tablet or computer monitor greatly increases the chances.
Some users complain that “nothing works” for them – even with a closer look, the paint does not disappear. In this case, Martinez-Conde advises to cover one eye: this way you will have to “calm” only one “eye”, not two. Reddit users are also advised to put a dot in the center of the picture – so that our wandering gaze has something to catch on. Well, if this does not help, change the contrast of your monitor and look at the image for 45 seconds.
“Disappearing Colors” is perhaps one of the oldest optical illusions among those known to the modern world Internet. Back in 1804, a philosopher named Ignaz Paul Vital Troxler described a phenomenon in which an image literally disappears before our eyes, if you look at it for long enough.
University of Queensland professor Derek Arnold explains what this is about: the human brain simply turns off attention over time when visual scenes remain unchanged for a long time. And this is absolutely normal! To avoid this effect, you need to give the picture some movement, or, at worst, just make a movement with your eyes.
Professor Suzanne Martinez-Conde of SUNY Downstate Medical Center is the author of a book on similar phenomena (Champions of Illusion, Champions of Illusions). She compares disappearing paint to … wearing socks! When you put them on in the morning, you notice their contact with your body, but during the day you simply stop paying attention to it. The same thing happens with the Reddit picture.
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And why does the picture come to life again with all the colors of the rainbow when we are surprised to notice its disappearance? Ms Martinez-Conde explains: the whole point is again in our eyes. They notice that something has changed and make a movement to “check” what has changed. “A very natural reaction,” the woman scientist notes.
Is it worth wasting time on this and similar illusions? Martinez-Conde answers unequivocally “yes” – after all, it is generally useful for a person to doubt what he sees.
“There is nothing in the fact that sometimes even a little to question the reality of the existence of oneself.”