Optical Illusion: Optical illusions, also known as visual illusions, are caused by the visual system when our perception of reality differs from actual reality. These illusions can occur due to various factors, such as the way our brain processes information or the limitations of our visual senses. They often challenge our understanding of how we perceive and interpret the world around us.
Optical illusions are very beneficial for the brain. They stimulate the brain’s visual processing capabilities and can improve cognitive skills such as attention, perception, and problem solving.
Additionally, optical illusions can be used as a form of entertainment for people of all ages. Research studies have shown that regular exposure to optical illusions can stimulate creativity, foster a greater understanding of the complexity of visual perception, and prevent cognitive decline in older adults.
Here is a mind-blowing optical illusion that will make you think twice.
Optical illusion: man or mouse? What did you see first?
In the image shared above, you can see a schematic showing a figure.
What did you see first?
Is it the face of a man or a mouse?
Focus on the image and take note of which image appears first in your mind.
Have you made the choice?
So is it the face of a man or a mouse?
What if we say that both are correct?
See the explanation below to find out why.
Optical illusion: man or mouse? Explained
If you see the face of a man or a mouse, in both cases you are correct. But why did the face of a man appear to some of you, while to others it appeared like a mouse?
The answer lies in the theory of top-down processing proposed by British psychologist Richard Gregory.
According to this theory, our eyes collect a lot of information in the form of stimuli, but by the time it reaches the brain, most of it has been lost. As a result, the perception that is created is not exactly what our eyes saw.
But, as our brain has evolved over time, it filters out those things that it cannot understand to quickly make a decision, or in this case, decide if it is the face of a man or a rat.
To reach a decision, our brain formulates hypotheses based on our knowledge of the world around us, which is not always true.
As our brain focuses more on the image, it gathers more information and is therefore able to understand that the image that looks like a man’s face can also be that of a rat and vice versa.
That was enlightening, wasn’t it?
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