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Psychological Article: Types of Online Optical Illusions

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Literal Online Optical Illusion: How many feet do you see?

Literal Online Optical Illusion: How many feet do you see>

By Boomeryearbook.com

Psychological articles tell us that Optical illusions, or misperceived sensory signals, are categorized into three main types. First are literal optical illusions which are images different from the objects which make them. Sometimes our brain focus on the figure or its background to prepare perceptions categorized as figure-ground illusions. Our mind often chooses to ignore what it wants in order to create meaning and beauty; hence it forms Typographical illusions by focusing on one detail at the expense of other.

Second are physiological illusions which are created by the effect of an excessive impression of a stimulus such as color, movement and brightness. A good example of this type is the afterimage made after the bright lights. The retina of the eye retains the strong impression of the intense stimulus long after it is gone or removed. But these images are not simply restricted to the retina’s role because there are motion aftereffects as well where people registering one direction of motion for some time may experience the illusion of opposite motion at the same time. This is usually experienced by people watching waterfalls and is therefore called waterfall illusion. It is commonly experienced by normal individuals in their day to day life and often young children are caught wondering about it.

Cognitive Illusion: Square A and B are identical shades of gray.

Physiological Illusion: Square A and B are identical shades of gray.

The third type of optical illusions is the cognitive illusions in which the brain and eye make bizarre inferences. These are a result of beliefs and assumptions about one’s surroundings and the world. Cognitive illusions are an attempt by our brain to organize sensations into something more meaningful. In order to do so, the brain figures out possible and probable matches to existing conscious and sub conscious stimuli and compares to stored cognitions in order to formulate reasonable explanations of perceptions. This organization is possible when the brain sensory system perceives the stimuli as a meaningful whole, or what psychological articles refer to as a Gestalt.

Cognitive Optical Illusion

Cognitive Optical Illusion

Cognitive illusions further branch out as Ambiguous illusions, which psychological articles explain are ways our brains encourage alternative interpretations of visual stimuli, while distorting illusions involves distortion of shape and size occurring because of conflicting images, Paradox illusions occur because of paradoxical cognitive impressions, and Fictional illusions are those which are perceived by only one person ad thus are usually referred to as hallucinations.

Cognitive illusions can also be based on the human ability to view 2 dimensional drawings in the depth of three dimensions. Similarly, movement illusions can occur, for instance, when we are riding a bike and things in our surroundings will appear to move, although they are stationary. This movement perception is caused by a chain of sensory illusions resulting from motion.

Another interesting fact about cognitive optical illusions is that the color and brightness constancy impacts the perception so much that it identifies the color as it is regardless of the amount of light. All these various types of illusions are experienced by adults and children in routine life and are a part of the normal human range of experience. However, psychological articles suggest that regular viewing of online optical illusions challenges and teases our brains and has a beneficial and stimulating effect!

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Psychological Article: Difference between Hallucination and Optical Illusion

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Psychedelic Optical Illusion

Psychedelic Optical Illusion


Psychological Article by Boomeryearbook.com

Why we do not see separate static images instead of moving, walking, talking people in the motion pictures? Why does the silver feel cooler than the table cloth at our dinner table? We often wonder and long for a logical reason. Psychological articles tell us these perceptions are due to illusions which are experienced by many and yet fully understood by few. Optical illusions are faulty perceptions in selected situations, conditions, and circumstances and can occur naturally in nature, or be purposely generated.

In both illusion and hallucination an individual is experiencing or viewing something that is not “objectively” real. Often illusions and hallucinations are confused as one or as being connected, however, psychological articles tell us there are several important differences. Our sensory receptors are designed to detect a particular form of energy in order to send signals to the brain. These signals are made meaningful as sensations and perceptions only when the brain interprets them. At times these interpretations can be inaccurate and create what we call illusions. Illusions show us something very different from the actual as they result from a poor interpretation of the sensory stimulus, but they can happen when the external stimulus is there. In short, optical illusions are a result of misperceptions or perceptions which are essentially different from the “external” reality.

Hallucinations on the other hand, are quite different from illusions. Illusions are usually mutually experienced by numerous people viewing the stimuli, while a hallucination is experienced by an individual. Where an online optical illusion is a misrepresentation of a stimulus, a hallucination is a “unique, phantom” perception without any external stimulus as a hallucination is a projection of something internally generated that doesn’t exist in external reality. Psychological articles inform us that oftentimes hallucinations result from a psychotic psychological disorder such as schizophrenia or a drug induced psychotic state from taking LSD or other hallucinogenic drugs. However psychological articles advise that a very mild form of a hallucination is nothing more than a mere disturbance and is regarded as normal, particularly if you have lost a loved one and hallucinate the loved one’s presence after the death. Hallucinations can cause an individual to see something which is not there, or to hear fictitious sounds or voices. When hallucinating, the conscious mind does not function normally; however, illusions are routinely perceived by the majority of people viewing the stimuli and are considered quite normal. Psychological articles stress that Optical illusions are normal, and do not indicate any mental or psychological disorder. As illusions are misperceptions perceived under specific conditions therefore animals can also be subjected to it. What a thought. Our beloved dogs and cats can also be tricked by optical illusions. Hmm, wonder what they see when watching TV?

Illusions can be tricky, enjoyable and interesting. Most magicians such as Harry Blackstone, Chung Ling Soo and Siegfried & Roy, employ slight of hand and optical illusions to achieve “magical” displays; and the stage distance enhances the believability of the optical illusions effects, such as sawing a woman in half and Lady-to-Tiger. But it is for us to understand that their audience was not having hallucinations; what they saw were optical illusions, false perceptions intentionally created for effect and entertainment.

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Online Optical Illusions: The Eyes as Mirrors to the Soul

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Octavio Ocampo Optical Illusion-Do you see an old or young couple? Can you find the giant vase, the young girl, and tequilla bottle?

Octavio Ocampo Optical Illusion-Do you see an old or young couple?

Psychological articles are fond of telling us that “the eyes are the mirrors of the soul”, but while widely believed to be true, how many of us really understand the rationale behind this popular saying? Well we at Boomer Yearbook, the psychological website for baby boomers, want to bring our members an introductory psychological article on the Online Optical Illusions of the artist, Octavio Ocampo as an explanation of the science behind the adage.

According to definitions in psychological articles, Experimental Psychology is the segment of psychology that uses experimentation to study the mind, and more specifically stated in the Encarta MSN dictionary, “Experimental psychology is the branch of psychology that studies the basic mechanisms of the mind, e.g. perception, thinking, learning, and memory, often using experiments with individuals in controlled situations.”

And how does this psychological article relate to Octavio Ocampo’s Online Optical Illusion being the mirror of the soul? Simply this. Our senses give us different ways in which to understand and interpret the world. Since our sense of touch has the quality of tangibility, it helps us view our world through what we consider constant. Touching something is imbued with the consistent qualities of strength, solidarity, and form (structure), thus giving the sense of touch a strong basis for “realistically” understanding our surroundings. If you and someone on the opposite side of the world both touch a rock and report that it is hard, neither of you is giving away any clues to your inner thoughts or soul.

Alternately our eyes or sight, our perceptual sense, is lacking in formalized structure and uses “intangible” color and light to connect us to our world. And here is where our inner imaginings, our souls if you will, come into play, as color and light, being immaterial in nature, are open to the interpretation of our individual intellects and imaginations. Thus our perception is subjectively shaped by our unique personalities, culture, and emotions, and what we report “seeing” is frequently a “mirror to our inner soul” or personal interpretive view of the world.

So how do you see the Online Optical Illusion purposely drawn by Ocampo? Do you see an old couple a young couple or both? A Boomer Yearbook hint. The more Online Optical Illusions you look at the easier it gets to shift perception and see other’s points of view, and not singly reveal the “mirror to your soul”.

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A Word Puzzle to Light Up Our Brains

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Boomers! Let's light up our brains

Boomers! Let's light up our brains

By Boomeryearbook.com

See if you can figure out what these words have in common.

  1. Banana
  2. Dresser
  3. Grammar
  4. Potato
  5. Revive
  6. Uneven
  7. Assess

Are you peeking or have you already given up? Give it another try. Look at each word carefully.

(You’ll kick yourself when you discover the answer.)

Word Puzzle Solution

Word Puzzle Solution

This Is Cool.

No, it is not that they all have at least 2 double letters.

(Thought I had the answer, but I did not go far enough.)

Answer:

In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word.

The brain is one of our most important organs; and just as the rest of the body requires exercise to stay healthy and active, so does the brain. Listen up boomers! According to psychological articles and research, online optical illusions and brain teasers such as those presented in Boomer Yearbook, are fun, proven ways to help ward off loss of memory, depression, and dementia! Let’s stop complaining about senior moments and do what psychological articles and research tell us we can to keep our brains active and alive.

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Neurological Test Revisited

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Increase Brain Power with Online Optical Illusions and Brain Games

Increase Brain Power with Online Optical Illusions and Brain Games

By Boomeryearbook.com

The brain is one of our most important organs; and just as the rest of the body requires exercise to stay healthy and active, so does the brain. Listen up boomers! According to psychological articles and research, online optical illusions and brain teasers such as those presented in Boomer Yearbook, are fun, proven ways to help ward off loss of memory, depression, and dementia! Let’s stop complaining about senior moments and do what psychological articles and research tell us we can to keep our brains active and alive.

This is a REAL Neurological Test. Sit comfortably and be calm. In other words, put your thinking process aside - i.e. put your brain in neutral gear.

1- Find the C below. Do not use any cursor help.

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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2- If you already found the C, now find the 6 below.

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9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
9999699999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999

3- Now find the N below. It’s a little more difficult..

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMNMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

We at Boomer Yearbook know how important it is to exercise and challenge our brains. We hope you passed. If not, please try again as sometimes the colors make it more difficult to see.

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