Optical illusion examples

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A potent illustration of how compelling mental illusions can be, even when we know they're illusions. This has important implications for policy change and medical decision making, among others.

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Optical illusion examples

  1. 1. Obviously, Square A is darkerthan Square B. Right?Graphics: Wikipedia optical illusions page, April 7, 2012 Creative CommonsSlide: e-Patient Dave, Society for Participatory Medicine (e-patients.net blog) Attribution Share-Alike
  2. 2. Obviously, Square A is darkerthan Square B. Right?Graphics: Wikipedia optical illusions page, April 7, 2012 Creative CommonsSlide: e-Patient Dave, Society for Participatory Medicine (e-patients.net blog) Attribution Share-Alike
  3. 3. Obviously, the top circle’s darker,and it’s in a darker square. Right?Graphics: Wikipedia optical illusions page, April 7, 2012 Creative CommonsSlide: e-Patient Dave, Society for Participatory Medicine (e-patients.net blog) Attribution Share-Alike
  4. 4. Obviously, the top circle’s darker,and it’s in a darker square. Right?Graphics: Wikipedia optical illusions page, April 7, 2012 Creative CommonsSlide: e-Patient Dave, Society for Participatory Medicine (e-patients.net blog) Attribution Share-Alike
  5. 5. Even if you look again, knowing it’s anillusion, the illusion’s still real to you.(Kinda makes a mockery of “I know what I saw!”, yes?) Obviously, Square A is darker Obviously, the top circle’s darker, than Square B. Right? and it’s in a darker square. Right?Graphics: Wikipedia optical illusions page, April 7, 2012 Creative CommonsSlide: e-Patient Dave, Society for Participatory Medicine (e-patients.net blog) Attribution Share-Alike
  6. 6. Decades of research have shown that the same thing happens with many options we’re shown, not just optical.Graphics: Wikipedia optical illusions page, April 7, 2012 Creative CommonsSlide: e-Patient Dave, Society for Participatory Medicine (e-patients.net blog) Attribution Share-Alike
  7. 7. It’s a major challenge for social change,behavior change, and policy change. Obviously, Square A is darker Obviously, the top circle’s darker, than Square B. Right? and it’s in a darker square. Right?Graphics: Wikipedia optical illusions page, April 7, 2012 Creative CommonsSlide: e-Patient Dave, Society for Participatory Medicine (e-patients.net blog) Attribution Share-Alike
  8. 8. The books Nudge, Switch,and Thinking, Fast and Slowdiscuss the challengesof irrational perceptions. 532 pages, 6”x9.1” 320 pages, 5.5”x8.5” 320 pages, 5.2”x8.5”Graphics: Wikipedia optical illusions page, April 7, 2012 Creative CommonsSlide: e-Patient Dave, Society for Participatory Medicine (e-patients.net blog) Attribution Share-Alike
  9. 9. The books Nudge, Switch,and Thinking, Fast and Slowdiscuss the challengesof irrational perceptions.I call such perceptions “invisibly irrational,”because I know what I see – or think I see – 532 pages, 6”x9.1”and no amount of informationwill change an illusion, optical or other. 320 pages, 5.5”x8.5” 320 pages, 5.2”x8.5”Graphics: Wikipedia optical illusions page, April 7, 2012 Creative CommonsSlide: e-Patient Dave, Society for Participatory Medicine (e-patients.net blog) Attribution Share-Alike
  10. 10. The books Nudge, Switch,and Thinking, Fast and Slowdiscuss the challengesof irrational perceptions.I call such perceptions “invisibly irrational,”because I know what I see – or think I see – 532 pages, 6”x9.1”and no amount of informationwill change an illusion, optical or other.We need to understand this aboutourselves and others, realize that certaintycan still be wrong, and help reach goodchoices – despite the illusions. 320 pages, 5.5”x8.5” 320 pages, 5.2”x8.5”Graphics: Wikipedia optical illusions page, April 7, 2012 Creative CommonsSlide: e-Patient Dave, Society for Participatory Medicine (e-patients.net blog) Attribution Share-Alike
  11. 11. Blog of the Society for Participatory Medicine ParticipatoryMedicine.orgGraphics: Wikipedia optical illusions page, April 7, 2012 Creative CommonsSlide: e-Patient Dave, Society for Participatory Medicine (e-patients.net blog) Attribution Share-Alike

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