The fuel pumps may seem to change color, but there are only five different shades.
This stunning optical illusion was created using the Munker-White concept, where lines are placed in the background to trick your brain.
Human vision takes into account not only the colors of objects, but also the colors around the object.
By changing the colors of the stripes across the fuel pumps, our brains also change our perception of each pump.
How many colors do you see in this optical illusion? The pumps keep the same colors throughout the rows, but the lines trick your brain into thinking the colors have changed
The image was created by iCompariowhich stated, “While it may seem like there are different colored fuel pumps, surprisingly there are only five different colored fuel pumps, each row being exactly the same.”
If you look closely, colored lines run across the fuel pumps, allowing your brain to see different shades of color.
The color of the fuel pumps is seen to depend on the color used on the lines around the image.
‘For example, a red line gives the fuel pump a different perceived colour. This can lead our brains to perceive fascinating color changes where they are not there.’
The illusion is weaker when you zoom in, but when you zoom out the contrast between the colors is more noticeable – and that can vary from person to person.
According to optical illusion expert Michael Bachshows the Munker-White illusion “how much influence the neighborhood has on the perception of color.”
Besides being generally fascinating, the illusion highlights how our senses are often inadequate in determining the truth.
The Munker-White concept was used to create another optical illusion in 2019, which sees apparently different colored spheres floating between stripes of red, blue and green lines.
The Munker-White concept was used to create another optical illusion in 2019, which sees apparently different colored spheres floating between stripes of red, blue and green lines
The orbs, which initially appear to be different colors, are all the same color
The orbs, which initially appear to be different colors, are all the same color, according to David Novick, a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso who created the optical illusion.
“A tricolor confetti illusion with spheres, which appear yellowish, reddish and purplish, but are actually the exact same light brown base color (RGB 255.188.144),” Novick shared in the tweet.
As shown in an image of the spheres sitting in front of the colored lines rather than behind them, each of the circles – the same ones in the previous image – are actually light pink, despite what our eyes initially reported to our brains.
To make the nature of the image even more elusive, the colors of the orbs tend to change depending on which area of the image one’s eyes are focused on.
Distracting and returning your eyes can make a distinctly ‘blue’ orb appear green.
According to an analysis by science writer Phil Plait for SyFy wirethe illusion, like all other optical illusions, underlines a decoupling between the raw data and the information – data placed in context – processed by our brain.