Can you see the portrait of a man hidden in this optical illusion?
The new take on the classic Magic Eye illusion was shared online by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a psychology professor of visual perception and illusion at Ritsumseikan University in Kyoto, Japan.
One of my portraits pic.twitter.com/URmDspcwnH
— Akiyoshi Kitaoka (@AkiyoshiKitaoka) March 22, 2017
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Kitaoka has created hundreds of extremely popular illusions, some of which you have probably seen popping up on your social media channels.
So can you see the smiling man? Take a closer look and the illusion should eventually be revealed.
If you are struggling to see it, then doing the below could help:
- Try looking at the illusion from a sideways angle
- Try moving the image around as you look at it (or scroll up and down)
- Try looking at the illusion from a distance
Kitaoka explains the illusion is a “masking phenomenon”, adding: “High-spatial-frequency components disturb the perception of low-contrast objects.”