Weekly Optical Illusion “The Rotating Snakes”

Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s rotating snakes optical illusion is a sight to behold. According to this article on Sciencenews.org the trick that makes the snakes slither has more to do with the movement of your eyes than the swirling of the image. Blinks and tiny flits of the lens back and forth cause your brain to perceive movement in what is a perfectly still image “studies have suggested that the perception of motion is triggered by the eyes drifting slowly away from a central target when viewing the illusion” according to the article. Whatever the cause, it’s always interesting when your eyes play tricks on you.

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  1. [...] in the enjoyment of a cup of Joe. This optical illusion actually has a lot more in common with the rotating snakes illusion that we featured some months back. Once again your eyes are drifting away from a point of focus and [...]

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