Sunday Morning Illusion

See the two faces? Good.

Now step back from your computer and move away while looking at them. See their expressions change? Do you now doubt your senses? Good.

Aude Oliva and  Philippe G. Schyns created this illusion to mess with your head. It takes advantage of the fact that fine detail becomes indistinct at distance so we’re forced to use more general cues to determine expression and that can mess with our interpretation of what we see.

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Ryan Consell is a skeptical artist, tap-dancing armorer, juggling scientist, rock-climbing writer, sword-fighting math teacher, uni-cycling gamer, fire-spinning academic and devout nerd. He has a Masters in Applied science, most of a bachelors in Fine Arts, and a very short attention span. He is the author of How Not to Poach a Unicorn and half of the masochistic comedy duo that is Creative Dissonance. Follow him on Twitter @StudentofWhim


  1. November 27, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Stop hacking my brain!

  2. November 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I refuse.

  3. November 27, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    If you squint at the images you can get the same effect.

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