You might want to make sure you’re sitting down before checking this out
A MIND-bending optical illusion which promises to ‘break your brain’ is going viral online.
The image features rectangular orange and blue shaped dashes in circles, all centred around a black dot.
What do you see when you look at this image?
Created by a team of scientists, the image is a variation of the Pinna-Brelstaff illusion.
If you stare at the black dot, you should see the shapes moving clockwise or counter-clockwise, depending on which way you turn your head.
If you tilt your heads towards the puzzle, the circles should move clockwise, and if you turn your head away they should move anti-clockwise.
Ian Max Andolina, one of the authors of the study, told the New Scientist: “It’s kind of like if you’re at a party where you’re listening to a voice amongst lots of noise.
The team used macaques to test their mind-bending illusion on
“The physical motion is like background noise and the illusion is the voice in the noise you have to pick out.
“It takes a little longer to do that.”
They explained the reason they appear to move in two different directions is because of a communication delay between the areas of your brain which process vision and movement.
Using macaques for the study, as they process vision similar to humans, they found a 15-millisecond delay between the regions of the brain which log global motion – the illusion of movement – and local motion – the reality that there is no movement.