I just love finding out new ways for our minds and senses to fool us, and especially new kinds of visual illusions like this beauty…
This was just recently discovered, an effect that makes rapidly displayed faces on either side of the video look like hideous monsters when your vision is focused on the central crosshairs.
Mind you, none of these faces has been altered from the original source — They’re all normal looking faces — The effect is dependent upon not focusing on them while they’re being flashed.
See the links below for further information and this video’s source…
Courtesy of TangenCognitionLab
It’s a new scientific finding called the “Flashed Face Distortion Effect”. You can read more about it here
Tangen, J. M., Murphy, S., & Thompson, M. B. (in press). Flashed face distortion effect: Grotesque faces from relative spaces. Perception advance online publication, doi:10.1068/p6968.
Thanks to http://3d.sk for the faces