9/10/2008

Mind Game

This optical illusion is so cool and has been circulating since 2006! Carefully check the animated GIF below.

Spinning Dancer Turns Both Clockwise And Counter-Clockwise

Do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

Actually, this animated image can be interpreted in two different ways - clockwise and counter-clockwise! However, there is no trickery used - the fact remains that the image is a constant 34-frame loop representing a full revolution of a dancer, and the effect in which the viewer perceives the dancer to be revolving clockwise or counter-clock wise is entirely caused by the ambiguous frames where the spinning dancer’s legs and arms cross over each other, making them perceived as turning both clock and counter-clock wise! If you’re just seeing the dancer turning one side, just try to focus and change the direction.

It has been assumed, however, that if you see this animated image turn clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa, but though such conclusions seem flawed, it’s fun!

1 comments:

sapimoto said...

I can't turn the dancer's move to counter clockwise. Btw, it's a great mind game.