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For Over 100 Years, People Have Argued Over What This Picture Is. What Do You See?

Feb 16, 2016 By Houston Barber

There is no doubt that optical illusions and brain teasers have taken over the Internet – not that we’re complaining. Who doesn’t love racking their brain to come up with an answer to a riddle, or going cross-eyed from staring at a picture looking for a secret image? If you’re looking for a tricky brain teaser, try this one featuring a black-and-white castle that magically changes color. 

Today’s puzzle comes from psychologist Joseph Jastrow. It dates all the way back to 1899, and it’s been tricking people ever since. He drew an image that could be interpreted two ways. Some people see it as a duck, others see it as a rabbit. According to Jastrow, what you see and how you see it gives a dramatic insight on the inner workings of your brain. 

According to The Independent, Mr. Jastrow’s research was designed to see “how quickly one can see the second animal and how fast participants could change their perception of the drawing to switch between the two animals.” Apparently, the faster you could switch your perception of what animal you are seeing, the faster your brain works. 

Are you ready to try for yourself? 

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What do you see, a duck or a rabbit?



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If your answer is both, then you have a fast working brain according to Mr. Jastrow. One weird thing about this image and the subsequent studies of it is that during different parts of the year, people see different things. For example, in the spring, more people are likely to see a rabbit because of Easter. However, during the fall, more people are likely to see a duck. 

The intense debate over what this image really is has survived for over a century, and will probably continue to do so for centuries more. But whether you’re on Team Duck or Team Rabbit, you’re all the same in our eyes. 

Via: Aunty Acid

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