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Old 22 July 2011, 10:27 PM
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Warning, if it works it's quite disturbing. Pretty amazing!


ETA seems it doesn't work for my mum who has independent eyes...

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Old 22 July 2011, 10:42 PM
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That's very bizarre. It's not what I thought it was going to be at all.

Ones brain really does work in some strange ways. That's a bit like hallucinogens, in a way.
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Old 22 July 2011, 10:57 PM
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one thing I noticed, while watching it, I could have sworn i saw a couple "Greys" on the right.
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Old 22 July 2011, 10:57 PM
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Weird! It works for me but not my husband. He says that they look a little bit odd but that's all.
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Old 22 July 2011, 11:00 PM
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Wow. That is friggin' weird.
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Old 22 July 2011, 11:10 PM
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one thing I noticed, while watching it, I could have sworn i saw a couple "Greys" on the right.
I'll do some Googling when I get the chance but I remember seeing a neurologist saying on a UFO special that the image of "The Greys" is neurological in nature.

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Old 23 July 2011, 12:33 AM
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That was just bizarre. I kept glancing over at the pictures to make sure it wasn't some trick but they all looked normal. And then when I looked back at the cross they all went creepy again. Weird.
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Old 23 July 2011, 12:39 AM
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Weird! It works for me but not my husband. He says that they look a little bit odd but that's all.
That's what I saw, too. In my case, I think it's because one of my eyes is significantly stronger than the other, and my brain has trained itself to use that eye primarily.
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Old 23 July 2011, 12:45 AM
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Hazarding a guess: Since the faces alternate quite a bit between larger and smaller (although the relative position of the eyes remains constant), I think persistence of vision plays a part - our brain pastes the larger eyes, ears, etc. onto the smaller faces, creating some decidedly alien countenances!
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Old 23 July 2011, 02:37 AM
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I decided not to click on the video. I tend towards overly active imagination, and don't want my sleep disrupted tonight.
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Old 23 July 2011, 06:19 AM
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Interesting, the faces sorta became pixelated and blockish. My mind was picking up the basic shapes and colors, but not much detail. Once I look more at one picture than the other, things went back to normal.
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Old 23 July 2011, 11:21 AM
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That was odd! I could have sworn that a few of the faces were cyclops. But most eyes looked bulgy, or were close together. faces seemed elongated, too.
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Old 23 July 2011, 12:34 PM
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Weird, but a very cool trick!
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Maybe I'm particularly sympathetic, but I found that even staring at just one side of the pair had some effect. They certainly had a variety of physiognomies in there!
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Old 23 July 2011, 05:33 PM
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I thought they looked a bit like cartoons, too, I suppose because you only have time to pick out the lines of a few features, like how cartoons are drawn.

I wondered if it needed binocular vision to work, since it didn't work for my mum or for Lainie, but covering one eye I still see it. Interesting....
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Old 23 July 2011, 07:25 PM
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Some of the faces seemed to have a greenish cast. Other than that, nothing really jumped out at me. It was hard to stay focused on the cross, though.
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Old 23 July 2011, 07:28 PM
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Yeah, I don't think it's anything to do with binocular vision either. I still see it with one eye covered.
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Hazarding a guess: Since the faces alternate quite a bit between larger and smaller (although the relative position of the eyes remains constant), I think persistence of vision plays a part - our brain pastes the larger eyes, ears, etc. onto the smaller faces, creating some decidedly alien countenances!
That's my guess as well. I even went through very slowly, and it looks like they may have deliberately put very contrasting faces together--they do alternate between larger and smaller, and between big and small eyes, etc. I first thought that might be the explanation after I realized that I was seeing one face's forehead in the shape of another face's hair (tall, unusual hair style). So I dragged the play button (or whatever that thing is called) slowly back and forth so I could see the contrast between pictures.

I suppose the explanation that we focus on certain features may play a part as well in determining what parts of the images persist.

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I would say it has more to do with peripheral vision and how the eye processes that information. When focusing on the center between the two images, that is the center of your vision and the two faces both just in your peripheral vision area. If you notice that one you look at one picture the other does stop with the effect you are seeing. It just is father out from center of vision and not noticed as much. If you are good about using your peripheral vision and think about it while looking at on side you will still see it. Distance also plays a part. Sit to far back for the screen and the affect goes away. The two pictures are closer to the center of you vision.
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Warning, if it works it's quite disturbing. Pretty amazing!


ETA seems it doesn't work for my mum who has independent eyes...
That... is messed up. But cool!
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