Pulsating Nightmare Optical Illusion


Originally titled “Here comes another seizure“, the disturbing background pattern used in this tremendous optical illusions comes from Tautvydas Davainis’s digital studio. I don’t know about you, but there’s something quite disturbing about it – it is as if I’m becoming more and more nervous while looking at it. Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of The Moon” cover was just plastered on top to make the illusion more interesting and spooky. It helps with focus and strengthens “pulsation” as well! Not sure what’s causing the illusion to be frank, but I suspect it has something to do with our eyes’ microsaccades (small involuntary eye movements we all experience, but usually don’t notice). When you’re finished with this one, check out the following gag!

  • breandan

    I was told by my science teacher in, middle school, that when you put some colors together they seem to vibrate. A good example is red and blue. There is probably a more siphisticated explanation now. I mean, he told me this the same time Star Trek(Shatner and Nemoy)came out. We where discussing the lurid costumes they wore.

  • Annie

    We were-sophisticated.



  • Scott

    I’d bet on the microsaccades theory, although I also agree it only partly explains how this comes about.

    I’m able to make the effect disappear – the image stops “vibrating” – when I concentrate on keeping my eye(s) on just one point.

    Freaky effect, though!

  • Capser

    wow, that’s one of the best working illusion of this kind I’ve seen. It’s so disturbing, great!
    Try moving your head closer and further from the screen, the effect is even better.

  • eric

    wow, im glad im not drunk right now – that would mess you right up

  • Louie

    The Dark Side of the Migraine.

  • Stare at the picture while listening to Pink Floyd – Any Colour You Like.

  • Stare at the picture while listening to Pink Floyd – Any Colour You Like

  • ScienceTeacher

    Wouldn’t it be cool to have a neuroscientist hook up some electrodes to a brain see what parts would be lighting up on the scanner when looking at this image? I’d just bet – based on the comments here – and what I felt too – that indeed some part of the emotional portions of the brain would be lit up like a Christmas tree. That’s messed up. (Dang it…if I hadn’t skipped Trig in college to play Centipede I might have BECOME a neuroscientist!)

  • AK™

    Might have something to do with the refresh rate in computer monitor screens too.

  • Sweet

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  • steve

    thats the cover off a Pink Floyd album ive seen it its the same, it looks mad anyway ha ha yea..

  • aimante

    how do u guyz make this stuf???
    how do u guyz get the ideas?

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