When I tried the image they have set up to demonstrate the Troxler effect, where the outer circle is supposed to disappear? I was literally trying to make it happen and I couldn’t seem to. I would get a hint of the fading out and then I would feel compelled to blink or shake my head or something and would go right back to seeing the outer circle.
Is this why I can never see those “Magic Eye” pictures? Does my brain panic when stuff starts to disappear? I don’t know!
I simply couldn’t repro. I stared at that red dot for like two minutes. Felt dizzy, the blue circle blurred from time to time, sometimes there was a little wave in which one eye or the other seemed to lose part of it, but it never disappeared.
I really want to do that staring at my face in the mirror experiment however. I am pretty sure that the monster that appears is interesting information about what the brain thinks of its own identity. I’m hoping my mishap with the dot and the circle is not indicative of an inability to view myself as a monster!
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