See your own brain waves in this trippy optical illusion


#1

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#2

I must be braindead beacuse I don’t see any flickering. Ah, that explains a lot…


#3

I sometimes see a similar flickering when I close my eyes, especially if I’ve been rubbing them. I always assumed it was sort of the same thing as noise on the sensor of a digital camera, meaning my retina is just sending off random signals, but if we can in fact “see” our own alpha waves, I wonder if that’s what’s actually going on.


#4

I see the flickering, I think I now know why I find the sound of a large V8 at idle so appealing.


#5

It doesn’t move for me. However it does make me slightly nauseous when I look at it directly.

I can’t see magic eye photos either.


#6

Me too. Does that mean I’m a zombie?


#7

I see orange and dark blue abstract spirals but no pulsing.


#8

| Optical illusions are usually pretty neat.

On the contrary, I find them annoying. Like CBT, meditation or lucid dreaming, I’m just not interested in these mind games when real life is so confusing already.


#9

I see that when looking directly at it. Are you looking at it in your periphery as instructed?


#10

I like how it looks like it’s flapping when you scroll up and down really quickly.


#11

If you are does that mean that you will see the brainwaves of the last brain you ate?


#12

Ah, ok. I see it wobble now. Thanks :slight_smile:


#13

Ow. My alpha waves must be dangerous. The illustration was sort of throbbing irregularly in my peripheral vision and then I got a headache.


#14

I wonder if it isn’t microsaccades, or other tiny movements influenced by, say, one’s heartbeat and/or breathing. At least the latter would be testable. Maybe the former too if there is a drug that will (temporarily) paralyze the extraocular muscles.
On the other hand, I can’t think of a reason why those would affect the afterimage also.


#15

I notice it throb with my heart rate, which is usually 45-50 beats a minute at rest.


#16

I too am apparently brain-dead.


#17

It gave me the ‘3DS headache’, like looking at 3D images. Must be messing with my focus.


#18

For me at least it flickered much faster than my heart rate or breathing. Maybe at like 10fps.


#19

I figured I was broken


#20

Me too. It’s like a strobe light. My brain is in a permanent rave state.