Psychologists claim that an optical illusion from the 19th century can reveal a lot about your brain.
According to Mirror, an optical illusion titled “Kaninchen und Ente,” or “Rabbit and Duck,” first appeared in a German magazine in 1892. The illusion was soon adapted and popularized by the Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Wittgenstein began using the optical illusion as an example of how one thing can be seen in more than one way.
The image shows a black and white illustration of an animal that can be seen either as a duck or a rabbit, depending a number of variables. From one perspective, a duck faces to the left, with its bill open and pointed up. Another perspective shows the duck’s bill becoming the rabbit’s ears.
Polish-American psychologist Joseph Jastrow also started using the image and says that the answer depends on the viewer’s emotional state and surroundings.
Children who viewed the photo around Easter time were more likely to see a rabbit, while in the fall, they were more likely to see a duck.
Some psychologists use the image as a test of creativity as well. According to Newsiosity, Jastrow published a study that states that viewers who are able to quickly switch between seeing a duck and a rabbit are more likely to have a creative talent.
Which do you see when you look at the image?
“I have seen this so many times ,, I am no longer sure what I see first,” one viewer commented. “It is that fast, Now I like to tease people and tell them I see, ….. I see, …. I see a hedgehog….. It really depends on what part your eyes are drawn to …. if you look at the beak/ears you see the duck … if you look at the head/muoth you see the bunny……. try it and see.”
“Yes right eye sees the bunny, left eye sees the duck,” another user wrote. “Are you right eye dominate or left eye. In shooting this makes a lot of difference in how you hold the firearm.”
“When I look at the left side of the pic, I see the duck first,” another viewer commented. “When I look at the right side of the pic, I see the bunny first. I attribute it to the fact that I read from left to right.”
“First I saw the duck and then immediately saw the rabbit. I either perceptive or can’t make up my mind,” a viewer wrote. “Or can I? I can’t decide.”
Sources: Mirror, Newsiosity / Photo Credit: Pixabay via Pexels