New Optical Illusion 'Spiral' Will Baffle Your Brain

Hmm? Hmmm indeed. shurkin_son/Shutterstock

We know logically that optical illusions are not real and just messing with us, but despite having been around since we put ochre to rock, we still can't help being baffled by the fact that static images can be made to look like they’re moving. Well, feast your eyes on this one and melt your mind in the process.

While the image below might look like it is a simple wibbly-wobbly spiral descending into the depths of your screen, it’s actually not. The picture is simply made up of a bunch of squiggly concentric circles, which all have their center in the middle of the image.


The spiral effect is achieved by the alternating black and white color of the lines and their squirmy nature, which also makes it seem like the lines are vibrating, adding to the brain-bumbling effect.  

The optical illusion is yet another to be crafted by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, who is a Professor of Psychology at the College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University, Japan. He’s got a penchant for producing images that seem to defy the laws of logic, and has created a whole gallery of migraine-inducing pictures for you to peruse at your pleasure.


While we're at it, you might as well have a look at a few other mind-breaking, eye-aching, brain-baffling illusions from Kitaoka. Either that or you're drunk. 







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