This is great.  Stare at the black dot on the lower right hand side of the picture.  Gradually you will see the moving grey stripe change from grey to blue.

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Does it work for you?

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    1. It’s an illusion ! It doesn’t actually change colour. As to how it works, I’m sure there are a few hypotheses out there with regard to the functioning of the visual system in the brain but I dare say no one at the moment really knows.

    2. Your ‘orange’ detectors get tired from all the orange and so stop firing. Thus when a grey bar comes along we see it as if it had less orange, leaving it a blue colour. You will recall the red+blue+green=white and orange=Red+Green. So White-Orange=Blue. It the background was (e.g.) Blue we’d see the orange for the exact opposite reasons

  1. I would say it looked all that blue but it was certainly not grey anymore … until I looked directly at it again.

  2. It actually works better for me after I close my eyes.

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  3. I can’t even make it go back to gray anymore. Looking right at it it’s blue but it WAS gray, I think.

  4. Isn’t it just the after-image effect that we’ve seen in many illusions? When you stare at a color and then at white/grey, you see the complementary color.

  5. The first time I looked at the dot, the bar moved two or three times before changing, but thereafter it would change immediately when I looked at the dot. This must have been created by drug folks as fun for the mind on acid! 😀

  6. I don’t even.have to look.at the dot. Just looking to the side area turns the grey, moving, bar light blue.

  7. It worked for me instantly didnt have to stare, and if i look around at different points anywhere in the grey area, the hue of the blue changes subtly very cool

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