How Long Does It Take You to Find the 16 Circles in This Mind-Bending Optical Illusion?

Optical illusions are amazing. There’s something brilliant about them. Need a reminder that nothing in this world is as it seems? Your eyes may be playing games with you. Your eyes may speak a different language. Optical illusions fight reality in the most magical way.

“The human brain is really tuned to learning new things,” Aude Oliva, a cognitive scientist from MIT, said. “Anything that is new and surprising is something we naturally like because it means that we may learn something from it.”

Optical illusions play with colors, light and patterns. Human brain gets sometimes confused. It tends to interpret the picture your eyes see, creating a perception that doesn’t fit reality.

Have you ever heard of the “Coffer illusion?”

The image went viral, and it represents what optical illusion looks like in real life.

If by any chance you don’t know, “coffer” is an architectural term used to describe series of sunken panels in various shapes. It’s part of a class of illusions where two or three-dimensional objects are interpreted in different ways.

Anthony Norcia signs the creation of this image. He is a vision scientist at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute. The image was a finalist in the 2006 Best Optical Illusion Picture of the Year contest. The Neural Correlate Society organized the contest.

Nicolas Johnson, a magician and entertainer first posted the image a few years ago. Johnson helps1 young generations understand the science of deception and our mind.

First, you will notice the rectangles. Then you will notice the circles. There are 16 circles. Once you find them, the circles will be the only thing you will see in the image.

The human mind is wired to see closed shapes. When combined together, vertical and horizontal stripes become a mind-twisting interpretation.

The Coffer Illusion “plays on the fact that the visual brain is heavily geared towards identifying objects. ‘Pixels’ are grouped to form edges and contours, shapes, and finally objects,” as explained by Relatively Interesting.

This image has attracted the attention of many people. Were you able to find the 16 circles?