M&Ms Trick Your Brain When Positioned on a LEGO Checkerboard [Pics]


Mary Coffelt, Briena Heller, and Michael McCamy have created this fun take on Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s “Bulge” illusion at the Barrow Neurological Institute last summer. Sure, we all now that lines on a LEGO checkerboard can’t be anything but straight, but when you strategically position M&Ms on it, your brain warps your vision and make the whole thing all funny looking.

Can can check out this video to see what happens to a similar illustion when you make the “dots” disappear all at once.

[Source: SciAm | Via IO9]

Created by Mary Coffelt and her colleagues at the Barrow Neurological Institute, this version of Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s “Bulge” illusion uses strategically placed white and purple M&Ms to warp your perception of a checkerboard built from legos of the same color. (Hit the jump to see a video of the Bulge illusion in action.)

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