Mind blown! Congratulations Akiyoshi Kitaoka and experimental psychology

Date
22 March 2013
Reading Time
1 minute read

Technically this isn’t art or design, it’s science, pure and simple; psychology to be precise. But we’re prepared to bend the rules a little here, because the one thing you can’t deny is that these mind-blowing visual illusions are insanely creative. Produced by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a psychology professor at the Ritsumaikan University in Kyoto, Japan, who specialises in visual perception, these experimental images are intended to reveal quirks in the mechanical and cognitive systems that contribute to our personal perceptions of the world. It’s mind-bending stuff, so take care, if you’re susceptible to dizziness then the following pictures might not be your thing.

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Akiyoshi’s Illusion Pages: Beating heart

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Akiyoshi’s Illusion Pages: Weaving

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Akiyoshi’s Illusion Pages: Snakes of two heads

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Akiyoshi’s Illusion Pages: Ninja escape (Fixate at the center and approach the image quickly)

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Akiyoshi’s Illusion Pages: Light of mint chocolate

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Akiyoshi’s Illusion Pages: Ascending and descending color escalaters

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Akiyoshi’s Illusion Pages: Chidori

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Akiyoshi’s Illusion Pages: Ben & Aki’s Christmas rings 2011

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James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and came back in summer of 2012 to work online and latterly as Print Editor, before leaving in May 2015.

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