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By on November 28, 2010, with 31 Comments

Just found this purple head sculpture. You may think it belongs to one of the Blue Man Group members, but you’ll be wrong thinking so. What’s so interesting about these double eyed illusions, is that people have trouble seeing them as they are (intentionally created like this), thus their brains keep trying to focus the picture, as if they’re the ones responsible for such a distortion… Interesting phenomenon, wonder what causes this? Could it be in some way related to this?

  • http://www.darlosworld.co.uk Darlo

    I wonder how this’d look through 3d glasses.

  • Sero

    Wow, freaky. I wonder how big a range of difference between the 2 positions will still trick the brain.

  • L

    nice illusion, but I don’t have any difficulty seeing it.

  • Jenn

    Our minds have developed a schema (psych term) for what human faces are supposed to look like; it was developed in infancy. So, when we see things like this were everything is supposed to be singular is doubled (two pairs of eyes, two pairs of ears, two noses, two sets of teeth), our minds think that we are seeing double and try to make sense of it by trying to focus rather than by simply understanding that it is what the image looks like. If you cover portions of it, though, you can see the doubled things for what they are (ie cover the face, you can see the two pairs of ears, etc)

    • me

      he’s right

    • Living Sound

      Perfect explanation.

    • Dolphin

      I like your explanation.Very good.It’s possible.But what about the people that have no trouble with it…?

  • Meeee:)

    So…whats the illusion?

    • Davor

      @ Meeee:) the Illusion is that our brains can’t really understand what is going on. Even though he has 2 sets of eyes and 2 mouths, our brain tries to make it look like he only has one set of eyes and one mouth.

      Because of this, I get headachs if I look too long. Our brains are telling us this can’t possibly happen so it tries to correct it.

      Hence why alot of people get dizzy or headachs.

  • Fred

    One too many. Better not drive.

  • Hering

    I can’t get my brain NOT to see it. Optical Illusion fail.

  • Davor

    I get a headach when ever I see these illusions. This one is not so bad. The one that was posted on here awhile ago really got me dizzy.

  • random

    so what’s supposed to be hard to focus on again? There isn’t really any difficulty seeing a face with double of everything…

  • http://plmethvin@deviantart.com/ plmethvin

    Whoa, when I saw this, I immediately noticed the eyes were screwed up. It took me like ten minutes to figure out that everything else was as well.

  • Bokoro

    The statues right bottem ear is ifront of the bottem ear while the left top ear is in front of the bottem ear. I think this may give the statue a slight rotational movement.

  • Radical Bombs

    Eh… im not an alcahol drinker. I drink milk, iron bru and a bit of coke usually P.S i like lime, apple rasperry and blueberry cordial

  • Radical Bombs

    Or, are we seeing double?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Cox/1699937447 Joshua Cox

    If you’re like me and have a really hard time getting a clear look at this one without getting wonk-eyed by the illusion, my GF pointed out that if you imagine the lower set of eyes is a pair of glasses slung low on the guy’s nose you can almost immediately focus just fine.

  • Kimon

    I suppose in some way it is related to that other one. In the way that they both mess with the brain’s preconceived idea of a face.

  • Mary

    Shouldn’t it be a pink elephant?

  • Andrea

    Looking at this hurts my eyes, like looking through someone else’s glasses.

  • Care Bear

    PLWASE! I’m just getting over a case of double vision (no alcohol involved.)

  • voigt_meister

    My brain is on vacation and decided not to try hard. I keep seeing all parts and no merge effect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patricia-Ann-Ingram/1167061384 Patricia Ann Ingram

    My brain keeps trying to refocus so it starts with the headache, then dizziness, then nausea. Sorry, not my cup of tea, but good to know my brain is still trying to work right. ;<)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Haviland/100000657164709 Richard Haviland

    Strange indeed. If I take my eye glasses off I see a fuzzy single image. When I put them back on my brain has a hissy fit going back to the double image…..

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  • spaghetti-legs

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  • Dolphin

    I have no trouble seeing it as it is.I don’t know why.It makes me wonder why some have trouble with it and others don’t.

  • Claire

    I’ve never understood these, as I’ve always been able to see it just fine. I wonder why?

  • froggy

    am i drunk? OR do i have seeing problems?

  • Liam

    It’s like looking at Tool’s album artwork. Really screws with your face recognition neurology. A lot of cognitive dissonance.