Optical illusions can have a way of messing with a person’s mind, and understandably so. A good illusion basically proves that what you see isn’t always the truth, and sometimes you are unable to see what is really there. So much for seeing is believing.
We all remember the dress fiasco last year, well, now there’s another optical illusion making the rounds on the internet:
There are twelve black dots at the intersections in this image. Your brain won’t let you see them all at once. pic.twitter.com/ig6P980LOT
— ???? ???????? (@wkerslake) September 11, 2016
There are 12 black dots in this image, but I’m betting you can’t see all 12 at once. Don’t worry, it’s not your fault — it’s science.
You are looking at Ninio’s extinction illusion, which takes advantage of lateral inhibition in the retina. Basically, the stimulated light receptors in your eye can sometimes mess with the ones adjacent to them, making you see things that aren’t there, or not see things that are there.
There are 12 black dots in this photo – but you can't see them all at once. I have a headache. pic.twitter.com/ggcCl82788
— Marcus Leshock (@marcusleshock) September 12, 2016
— Ed Wild (@DrEdWild) September 12, 2016
— Cara Brookins (@cmbrookins) September 12, 2016
There are 12 black dots on this, but you can only see 2-4 at any given time. Trippy! pic.twitter.com/E8FoluDkXb
— Matt Hawkins (@topcowmatt) September 12, 2016
How do we prove there are 12 black dots, what is love? Baby don't hurt me. No more. https://t.co/lcLQjiyZF8
— George Stocker (@gortok) September 12, 2016
(Note: If you try to look hard enough to see all 12 dots, you’ll probably end up with a nice little headache. And anyone who tells you they can see ALL 12 at the same time is probably definitely most certainly trolling you and should not be trusted.)
I used to think I had good eyes, but apparently not. I can only see three, maybe four at a time. What about you?