Everyone and their dog have been kind enough to send me this wonderful video – stare at the cross, hit play, and see celebs as you have never seen them before….

Did it work for you?  The illusion was created by Jason Tangen, Sean Murphy and Matthew Thompson  from The University of Queensland, and was awarded 2nd place in the 2012 Illusion of the Year thingy.

19 comments

    1. I’m guessing that your brain uses the previous face as a reference, and when the new one appears, the differences between them become distorted – Your brain says “this face has a pointy chin”, and you see it as *very* pointy. And then, as soon as you actually focus on a face (in stead of just seeing it peripherally), it snaps into the proper proportion.

  1. Works for me, question is, how? When I look away from the cross they all look fine but back at the cross a the slebs go all wonky face. I assume its one face overlaying the other but is that as we go cross eyed or is it a sort of persistance of vision thing due to the rapid changing. I suspect its a little from column A and a little from column B.

    1. There are links to the research in the YouTube description.
      It seems to say that the faces are perceived in relation to each other. Because the eyes are level they are used as the reference points around which the rest of the faces become distorted. The mechanism hasn’t been specified as yet.

  2. Complete waste of 54 seconds. I saw loads of faces flashing past in my peripheral vision. I wasn’t allowed to look at them because I was looking at the cross. So what?

    1. Maybe try again after reading the description and subsequent comments? Did any of the faces look distorted in your peripheral vision?

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