We've all heard of optical illusions, but what about audio-visual illusions? That's right, they affect your hearing while also completely messing up your mind.
And the latest one has left everyone confused...
Optical illusions can really make you feel strange.There's something about the way that they can disrupt our sense of reality that makes us feel incredibly uncomfortable.
And they're always popular online.
While a lot of internet content seems to be a little problematic, controversial, or divisive, it's nice to be able to all agree on something.
@ojessen @MrMuselk Correct, here is the view back the other way @casaceramica https://t.co/c6LaVIw1sW— Duncan Cook (@Duncan Cook)1506064741.0
Just to sit back and enjoy something weird.
Or what about this infamous image?This picture was originally shared on Instagram, and people went wild, questioning whether it showed some super greasy legs - or some expertly placed white paint.
For some reason, the feeling of confusion is strangely pleasant.Perhaps it feels nice to give up control and admit that the world is just weird and crazy.
Although that isn't always the case.Sometimes, a particular optical illusion will come along that just sends the internet crazy - and not in a good way.
One such picture has gone viral this week.It all started with a GIF.
One Twitter user posted a GIF of a pylon skipping rope with the power line between 2 other towers.Upon the pylon landing on the ground after each jump, the GIF shakes. Leaving everyone confused...
@LisaDeBruine For me, it's there even when the headphones are off (but still plugged in) and the sound is muted.— Valerie Parker (@Valerie Parker)1590658996.0
@lisadebruine I wonder if it's the ear closing up to prevent damage from the shockwave based on visual cues? Really interesting— Pawel Niewiadomski (@Pawel Niewiadomski)1512318861.0
@lisadebruine @dtopping27 Is it not synesthesia? 🙉— Barry McCarthy (@Barry McCarthy)1512379628.0
@lisadebruine even after reading the comments and switching my set on top volume, i can't hear a thing.— Ann Must Ⓥ (@Ann Must Ⓥ)1512383688.0
@lisadebruine w/out looking at it put your ear to the speaker & you'll find that there's no sound ~ it's basically the power of suggestion— alassinsane (@alassinsane)1512393810.0
@TylerInsomnia 👍🏽😀 I watched that one on mute and it produced no illusory sound at all. Makes me think the camera s… https://t.co/ijlACMwMMd— Lisa DeBruine 🏳️🌈 (@Lisa DeBruine 🏳️🌈)1512464995.0
@Ptoridactylus A bunch of deaf and hard of hearing people have responded on the thread (which is a little unwieldy,… https://t.co/UJLOLWmPdh— Lisa DeBruine 🏳️🌈 (@Lisa DeBruine 🏳️🌈)1512498745.0
@lisadebruine I'd be interested to know if the effect works with a stable camera viewpoint, without the shake— Andrew Hyams (@Andrew Hyams)1512549224.0
@lisadebruine @finalcutproes I think it is part of our audioviual culture.If you show this to a person from the 180… https://t.co/pqWN2v9Qh7— WillkingS (@WillkingS)1512551363.0
@jamgyal @lisadebruine @mousegrave I thought, that was the source of the “sound”. once I noticed it, it stopped making noise— ela orleans (@ela orleans)1512265973.0
Certain people can actually hear the GIF...Even though there's no sound playing. Weird right?
Chris Fassnidge, an expert in the field said the phenomenon was just an Auditory Response..."This is the ability of some people to hear moving objects even though they don’t make a sound, which may be a subtle form of synaesthesia – the triggering of one sense by another."
One thing's for sure...
We can't wrap our heads around it, but there's definitely a noise.
What do you experience when you watch this gif?— Lisa DeBruine 🏳️🌈 (@Lisa DeBruine 🏳️🌈)1512305263.0
Check it out below...
Can you hear it? Keep scrolling for more...
Does anyone in visual perception know why you can hear this gif? https://t.co/mcT22Lzfkp— Lisa DeBruine 🏳️🌈 (@Lisa DeBruine 🏳️🌈)1512258349.0