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A new visual illusion tricks your brain into seeing things that don’t exist

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Starburst twinkling illusion will make most people see bright rays of light emanating from the center.

Michael Karlovich / Recursia Studios

A few years ago, the internet was going crazy for optical illusions, from the infamous dress to a cat in the desert. Now there is a new kind of illusion in town. It will make you see glowing rays of light and will not trigger any #whiteandgold versus #blueandblack battles.

The “Sparkling starburst“is a cleverly organized collection of star polygons created by visual artist Michael Karlovich of Recursia Studies and New York University psychology researcher Pascal Wallisch. The duo posted a article on illusion this week in i-Perception magazine.

NYU described the starburst as “A new kind of illusion” in a statement Tuesday, saying: “Twinkling starburst, unlike known visual illusions, evokes a number of newly discovered effects, including that fleeting illusory lines diagonally connect the points of intersection of stellar polygons “.

The study looked at how viewers perceived the illusion and how contrast, line width, and other factors changed the intensity of the illusory light rays. “In particular, a large number of prominent intersection points lead to stronger and more vivid rays, as there are more clues to indicate the implied lines,” Wallisch said.

Recursia created a version of the illusion with different colors behind it so you can see for yourself how lighter or darker backgrounds and various shades change your experience.

The Scintillating Starburst is a reminder of how our brains interpret images. Wallisch described this in a blog post. like the brain “connecting the dots” to fill in missing information. “The starburst is not physically present,” Wallisch reminds us.

What’s so compelling about an illusion is that we know it’s not real, but we see it anyway. It is magical for every day.

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