Optical illusions are some of the easiest and most fun ways to trick your brain. From still images that look like they’re moving to real-life objects that mess with your depth perception, visual trickery remains fascinating to us humans, even after we understand the secrets behind it!
Now, a new optical illusion is confusing people all over the internet, and even after you learn how it works, you’ll probably still keep seeing the illusion.
Twitter user @jagarikin was among the many people who shared the strange illusion, which tricks the brain into seeing two blue and yellow circles moving in different directions and even changing sides, seemingly depending on which direction the arrows inside them are pointing. Of course, knowing it’s an illusion, you’ve probably already figured out that the circles aren’t actually moving or changing size. So what’s really going on?
We know, we know — it’s convincing. But we swear those circles aren’t really wandering around your screen.
Have you figured out how the illusion works yet?
Believe it or not, it doesn’t have anything to do with the arrows at all! The arrows are there to either trick your mind into thinking they’re responsible for the illusion or to make the effect even cooler.
The real heroes of this optical illusion are the tiny thin lines on the inside and outside of the circles. If you look closely, you can see them!
Basically, as the lines move, expand, and contract, they make you think that the bigger circles are moving to match the arrows. The arrows take this illusion to the next level, but they themselves are their own bit of trickery! Pretty cool, huh?
What’s your take on the illusion? Did you figure it out? Let us know in the comments!