Fascinating optical illusion - Cameron Optometry | Cameron Optometry
Fascinating optical illusion

Fascinating optical illusion

Posted on 06th June 2012

A intriguing optical illusion has been doing the rounds on the internet call the “Flashed Face Distortion Effect”.

It’s probably best to just watch it first then read about the explanation.

Academic researchers stumbled across it by accident and put forward this explanation:

“The effect seems to depend on processing each face in light of the others. By aligning the faces at the eyes and presenting them quickly, it becomes much easier to compare them, so the differences between the faces are more extreme. If someone has a large jaw, it looks almost ogre-like. If they have an especially large forehead, then it looks particularly bulbous. We’re conducting several experiments right now to figure out exactly what’s causing this effect.”

The way the brain processes vision (called ‘perception’) is incredible and in particular how we perceive faces. Whole chunks of brain are devoted only to perceiving faces and nothing else – incredible.


Related Posts

The value of having independent prescribing optometrists

16th September 2020

Some patients might be interested in this article where Ian Cameron shares his thoughts on prescribing. We were one of the first practices to have an optometrist who could prescribe medication to pati...

Read more

Back to school eye examinations

11th August 2020

We are normally inundated with children visiting the practice during the summer months, with parents and carers booking in an eye examination, along with a fitting for school shoes, stationery orders,...

Read more

Coronavirus, COVID-19, advice

03rd August 2020

This page will have our latest information on the care we can provide during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also find information on our Facebook page. LATEST UPDATE 1.30pm, Monday, 3 August: Resu...

Read more

How to avoid digital eyestrain when working from home

26th May 2020

Last week we provided advice on how to prevent your child suffering from digital eyestrain. This week, we're looking at adults, in particular those working from home (most of us at the moment!). Ian...

Read more