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Posted 28 December 2015 - 11:01 AM

This gif will make you go temporarily blind
Last updated 09:44, December 24 2015

The gif that gives you "motion induced blindness".

Christmas is a time for gif-ing and this one's a doozy.

Focus on the stripy dot in the centre of this gif:


Now experience the magic of "motion induced blindness".

In other words, the yellow dot disappears.

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Scientists from Yale University explain: "In motion-induced blindness (MIB), salient objects in full view can repeatedly fluctuate into and out of conscious awareness when superimposed onto certain global moving patterns.

When a small object is invariant despite changes that are occurring to a global region of the surrounding visual field, the visual system may discount that stimulus as akin to a scotoma, and may thus expunge it from awareness."

Cool science.

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