isn't it funny how your brain works

" The Thatcher Illusion: Look at the two pictures below. Although they may look a bit different, neither should seem too odd. Click on the picture to flip it vertically so you can see the faces right side up..."

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18 Responses:

  1. gregv says:

    More weirdness. I don't know what it's called though.

    More weirdness amplified. No head moving required.

  2. ralesk says:

    *laughs*

  3. travisd says:

    That's just creepy...

  4. laurahatesblue says:

    My psychology text has that same idea in it, only the picture they showed was of Britney Spears. :)

  5. xenogram says:

    The last one works best on me. The first two didn't look right, although when I look at them right side up they were much worse.

    I've found there's usually one or two people that an illusion like this doesn't work quite as well on. It's not one size fits all.

    • kinkyturtle says:

      It works best on a photo where the face is seen straight-on and the lighting is uniform.

  6. doubleyou says:

    I remember seeing this in Omni Magazine in the early 80s. At the time, they used pictures of Reagan and Carter.

    Yeah, some people went through their dad's porno magazines as kids. I went through my step-dad's pile of Omni. I'm a freak.

  7. alfons says:

    I used to work at a university's cognitive psychology lab, we did play with perception things like those described here:

    http://viscog.beckman.uiuc.edu/djs_lab/demos.html