The Troxler effect 5/52


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.

The Troxler Effect Week 5

If you focus on one tiny point, and the rest of the scene doesn't move, your eyes sort of become desensitised to it, and fade it into the background.

It's called the Troxler effect, or Troxler flading - named for physician Ignaz Paul Vital Troxler, who discovered in 1804 that if he focussed his eyes on a fixed spot, the surrounding image would gradually disappear from view.

So now you know something about the way your brain can lie to you about the information right in front of your eyes. We think there's a life lesson somewhere in there for all of us.

The Troxler Effect is named after Swiss physician and philosopher Ignaz Paul Vital Troxler (1780-1866).

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