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Top 10 Optical Illusions to Trick your Mind

Updated on August 9, 2011

The mind is incredibly complex and full of mysteries. The mind takes in raw information, processes it and gives you a mental picture and perception. What makes the mind very interesting is that we can trick it through optical illusions.

Optical illusions are defined as "visually perceived images that differ from reality" (according to Wikipedia). They often are absorbed but trick the mind because they do not match the physical measurments from which they are perceived. Science out of the way, they're really fun!

Here are my pick for the top 10 optical illusions to trick your mind ...

Move your head back and forth toward the center dot to see the illusion rotate.
Move your head back and forth toward the center dot to see the illusion rotate.
Move your eyes around and you will see the boxes moving as well!
Move your eyes around and you will see the boxes moving as well!
The characters in this image are actually the same size; your mind only perceives them different because of the hallway perception.
The characters in this image are actually the same size; your mind only perceives them different because of the hallway perception.
Move your eyes around and the almonds will jiggle!
Move your eyes around and the almonds will jiggle!
Your eyes are making the wheels turn around - cool!
Your eyes are making the wheels turn around - cool!
The 'A' and 'B' are actually the same shades of grey.
The 'A' and 'B' are actually the same shades of grey.
Is it a Rabbit or a Duck?
Is it a Rabbit or a Duck?
Doesn't look possible, does it?
Doesn't look possible, does it?
Are little black dots appearing for you too?
Are little black dots appearing for you too?
Look more closely, what do you see?
Look more closely, what do you see?

Bonus: A Cool Optical Illusion Video

It's interesting to see what the mind perceives when it's not able to fully recognize an object.

It really makes you wonder about how the world is perceived for a child; perhaps their minds aren't yet fully aware of the world and they are flooded with so much raw information that it gives people that spark of imagination and wonderment.

Over time, maybe we start to loose some of this perception?

What I say: Always be creative. Imagine. Have fun and make your own perception of the world.

Which optical illusions did you like?

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    • luisj305 profile image

      luisj305 5 years ago from Florida

      Great hub, these are some of the awesome classics!

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      David Sproull 5 years ago from Toronto

      Those are some pretty freaky illusions! Yikes! Seeing maybe isn't believing!

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      Blake Ford Hall 5 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Very Kewel. Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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