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How Long Does It Take You to Find the 16 Circles in This Mind-Bending Optical Illusion?

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This image has been trending on Twitter as it bends the minds of viewers all over the world. It just goes to show that not everything is as it seems. The illusion is known as the “Coffer Illusion.” Named after the architectural term “coffer,” it relates to a series of sunken panels in the shape of a square or rectangle. There are actually 16 circles in this photo and once you find them it’s all you can see.

 

The “Coffer Illusion” works because our brain typically wants to see closed shapes. The vertical versus the horizontal stripes work together to craft a mind-bending interpretation. Can you see?

 

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How long did it take you to find the circles?

 

According to Relatively Interesting, the Coffer Illusion “plays on the fact that the visual brain is heavily geared towards identifying objects. ‘Pixels’ are grouped to form edges and contours, shapes, and finally objects.”

 

Many took to Twitter with interesting responses to this image claiming they couldn’t see while others were able to notice the circles by shifting their focus. There’s an old saying that claims we must “see it to believe it.”  However, is it possible we may not always be able to believe what our eyes initially communicate to us? Are we seeing rectangles, or circles, or both, or nothing at all? How does this impact the way you may be looking at the reality before you now?

 

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While this image is recirculating on the web, it was originally posted a few years ago by Nicolas Johnson, a magician, and entertainer. Johnson also educates children on the science of deception and the mind. Interestingly enough, the image was created by Anthony Norcia and won Illusion of the Year in 2006.

 

Additional Sources:

 

http://illusionoftheyear.com/2006/05/coffer-illusion/

 

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