15 Cool Word Illusions

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  1. subab macrumors newbie

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    15 cool word illusions
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    Say aloud the ink color of each word. How quickly can you do it? Did you slow down?

    EDIT: ModNote: the following link is NSFW (at least, for me, there's quite a bit of porn advertising on the page, although the blog itself is pretty good)

    check out the rest of them.
    Amazing how the mind works.

    This was my fav :apple: (posted above) - which one did you like?
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    oh man i slowed down so much towards the end. had a 'brain-dead' couple of seconds trying to figure out what colour the word "red" was on the second to last line.
     
  3. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    if you close one eye and cross the other so its out of focus, it's really easy to say the colours.
     
  4. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    I've never had a problem doing this excercise for some reason. I guess I'm just good at focusing on what the color is instead of looking at what the word is. Then again I don't multitask well.
     
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    I tried the both eyes covered technique. Didn't do so hot.
     
  6. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Lean back and do it. Don't stare at the words.:cool:
     
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    this one got me








    apparently there's six
     
  8. MacNut macrumors Core

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    7 counting yours at the top.:p
     
  9. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Most people don't count "of"
     
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    omg i slowed down in the middle, but my brain caught on, and i went super fast at the end.
    but lmao that was fun and interesting i'll show this to my friends
     
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    I got slower and slower. Funny enough, I was also getting more and more of them wrong.

    If I continued, I probably would have just shut down completely.
     
  14. sammich macrumors 601

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    Just cross your eyes slightly. You aren't 'reading', you're observing.

    The ones on the otherside of the link....very trippy :confused::D
     
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    This is a cool word illusion!
    Towards the end, I started to slow down because I couldn't think as fast anymore!
    Thank you for sharing. :)
     
  16. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    Not 7 ... 8!
     
  17. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    who counted 6 the first time? im pretty sure next to no one will. apparently if you do you are a genius.
     
  18. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    I counted 6 but I was extremely careful about it (noticing every letter).
     
  19. EvanLugh macrumors 68000

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    Yeah same here, I over-looked the second 'of' but saw it again whilst focusing on the next word.
     
  20. subab thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Loved reading all the responses. And I thought it was only my brain that was "conditioned" and assumed and overlooked things! :)
     
  21. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Haha, no. The Stroop effect (what you see in the first one that you inlined in your post) has been well known since the 20's.... Most of the figure ground research goes back to the first half of the 20th century also, although we're still understanding the underlying neurobiology.

    P.S. The Love Hate shirt is great. I wants.

    P.P.S. Please note the note I added to your OP....
     
  22. Melrose macrumors 604

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    I didn't have much trouble with that either.. It's kind of a matter of just getting into that 'see only colour' frame of mind.


    One trick is only look at the last letter, since when you see the first letter or two your brain tends to fill in the rest..
     

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