Pinna-Brelstaff Illusion

from Michael’s   Visual Phenomena & Optical Illusions

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What to do

Follow the red dot with your gaze (head rotation helps). Observe that some of the squares in the background seem to shift. The effect is fleeting for me – sometimes strong, sometimes missing. But all motion here –apart from the red dot– is illusory.

What else to do & observe

With the popup menu, select “lanes” rather than the circle. Many more settings wait for you to play with them (“Ranomize” is not useful yet).

Comment

This is a variant of the Pinna-Brelstaff illusion which already appeared in their 2000 paper. The same explanation applies.

Sources

Pinna B, Brelstaff GJ (2000) A new visual illusion of relative motion. Vision Res 40:2091–2096  [PubMed]

Comments by Ben Backus

More sources on the other Pinna-Brelstaff page.