How this image tricks your brain!

Your brain can trick you – it’s quite a scary thought. The idea that what we see in front of us might not actually be true or that my red might be your yellow … is just too mind boggling to think about. There have been quite a few examples of this happening, like the blue/black dress that some thought was white/gold. But another one has popped up, it was shown on BBC Four’s series, Colour: The Spectrum of Science. When watching this video of the image your brain will trick you to believe there is colour where there isn’t – check out the video below.


So why does this happen?

Well it is all down to our cone cells. These are cells found in our retina and they can either detect red, green or blue light. But after staring at the picture for a long while these cells become overestimated and tired which makes them start to ignore those colours. However, once the black and white image flashes on to the screen, the other cone cells responsible for the other colours flare up and try to fill the scene in with the colours they think should be there. Once the cells adjust you are left with the black and white image you first saw.

Was your brain tricked? Tell us in the comments below!