1. The tea cups

cup illusion

This optical illusion was created by Chris Westall. There is a tea cup on the table, next to which there is a cube with a small cup. However, on closer inspection, we can see that in fact the cube is drawn, and the cups are of the same size.

2. The Leaning Tower

leaning towe illusion

Here are two images of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. At first glance, it appears that the tower on the right leans more than the one on the left, but in reality, these two pictures are the same. The reason lies in the fact that the information from the left and the right sides of the image is processed by different hemispheres of the brain, which “does not like” symmetry.

3. Angry or kind?

kind angry face illusion

Does the face on the left show more angry than the one on the right? Well, step 5-6 meters away and you will see the angry face turn into the kind one and vice versa.

4. Male or female?

male or female illusion

When you are looking at these two people you think the one on the left is female and the one on the right is male, right? In fact, it is exactly the same person. This is the famous illusion by Richard Russell from Harvard called “The illusion of sex”.

The created illusion is very simple: the contrast in the image with the seemingly male face was reduced. More contrast face looks feminine, less contrast – masculine. That is why women use cosmetics: to increase the contrast of their face. 🙂

5. Blue and yellow

blue yellow optical illusion

There is no animation in this picture. It is nothing but an optical illusion.

6. The wheel

wheel illusion

Which way do you see the wheel turning? It is a brain-teasing illusion similar to the famous “spinning girl”. If the wheel is turning clockwise, your left hemisphere is more active at the moment and vice versa. See more about brain hemispheres here.

7. Distorted reality

distorted reality illusion

Stare at the picture for about 10-20 seconds (not more, otherwise you will have a headache) and then look at someone’s face or simply around you.

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Anna LeMind

Anna LeMind

Anna is the founder and lead editor of the website Learning-mind.com. She is passionate about learning new things and reflecting on thought-provoking ideas. She writes about science, psychology and other related topics. She is particularly interested in topics regarding introversion, consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind's potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe.