Reality of Optical Illusion

Best Illusions

It is hard for us to realize that our minds work in mysterious ways. Some can't comprehend the fact that we may see the same thing differently.  But there is a contest that focuses on the best illusion - The annual illusion contest is run by the Neural Correlate Society, an organization devoted to promoting awareness of the science behind perception and cognition. For 17 years the annual contest has consistently delivered an assortment of compelling illusions, frequently underpinned by fascinating scientific principles.

What color do you see? Pascal Wallisch & Michael Karlovich - "Crocs & Socks"

Wait till the end .... 
Kokichi Sugihara "Rising Object Illusion"


This year’s winner is from UK, an innovative scientist & magician;; Matt Pritchard. Above he demonstrates his unique example of an anamorphic illusion. These are illusions that present a viewer with an image that appears distorted until it is looked at from a specific perspective. In this case  he utilizes a mirror to produce a complex dual-sided anamorphic illusion. This allows Pritchard to create a magical moment where a queen on a chessboard seems to appear out of nowhere in the mirror’s reflection.

Some others that will challenge and intrigue your imagination

2nd Prize - Changing room

Michael Cohen, a cognitive scientist at MIT and Amherst College. Cohen describes the illusion as an example of a phenomenon called "gradual change blindness."
“While trying to prepare a novel example of this phenomenon for students, I realized that I could change dozens of items without observers noticing,” Cohen explains. “Overall, this illusion highlights how people may actually perceive and remember far more of the world around them than they intuitively realize.”

It is amazing how you may only notice one of two things - then you realize... WHOA....

3rd Prize - Double Ring Illusion

3rd Place winner was a cognitive scientist Brent Strickland and his PhD student Dawei Bai. His submission is called The Double Ring Illusion, the trick highlights how our visual system is fundamentally governed by our understanding of physical laws. Despite performing exactly the same motion, the rings appear to rotate differently depending on their positioning.

Some others:

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