Duck/Rabbit Illusion - 16/52

duck rabbit illusion

I love optical illusions so I thought I would share a few of my favorite and with many people opting to take up 365 day challenges i thought i would try a 52 week challenge in which i will share with you a different Illusion every week. so if you have any you would like me to feature get in touch.

This is a classic, over 100 years old. If you see a duck: look at the image, and think of the duck's beak as rabbit ears. If you see a rabbit: think of the rabbit's ears as the beak of duck. 

The Duck-Rabbit Ambiguous Figure was created by an anonymous illustrator in late 19thCentury Germany, and first published in 1892 in the humour magazine Fliegende Blätter. It was subsequently published and popularised by Jospeh Jastrow (1900).


You should experience a 'Gestalt switch' between seeing the image as a duck and a rabbit.

There is some controversy over how the Duck-Rabbit Ambiguous Figure works. It is generally agreed that the retinal image is constant when experiencing the figure, but what is not agreed is whether the visual experience of the figure changes when the perspectival switch takes place between seeing the duck versus the rabbit, or whether the experience itself does not change, and it is some post-experiential belief, judgment, or other mental process which changes. The Duck-Rabbit, among other ambiguous figures, has been cited in debates over this issue (Silins 2015: §2.4).

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