Bioscience

Optical Illusions: When your brain can’t believe your eyes

October 13, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: ABC News] – Look at an optical illusion and you may think you’re seeing things — such as a curved line that’s actually straight, or a moving object that’s standing still. You wonder if your eyes are playing tricks on you.

It’s not your eyes. An illusion is proof that you don’t always see what you think you do — because of the way your brain and your entire visual system perceive and interpret an image.

Visual illusions occur due to properties of the visual areas of the brain as they receive and process information. In other words, your perception of an illusion has more to do with how your brain works — and less to do with the optics of your eye.

For more information: Optical Illusions: When Your Brain Can’t Believe Your Eyes