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Colors Out of Space [Slide Show]

Colors can change with their surroundings and spread beyond the lines

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WHITE'S EFFECT

In 1979 Michael White of the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education described an illusion that changed everything in visual science. The gray bars on the left look brighter than the gray bars on the right.....[ More ]

MULTICOLORED RINGS

Here is another example of how the brain determines color depending on the context. In the bull’s-eye structures in the top half of the checkerboard, the center rings look either green or blue, but they are all the same color (turquoise).....[ More ]

RED RINGS

This image by Kitaoka contains a number of blue-green circular structures. The red rings are purely a creation of your brain. A process called color constancy makes an object look the same under different lighting conditions, even though the color of the light reflecting from the object is physically different.....[ More ]

EYE SHADOW

It looks like this Japanese manga girl has one blue eye and one gray eye. In fact, both eyes are exactly the same shade of gray. The girl’s right eye only looks the same as the turquoise hair clip because of the reddish context.....[ More ]

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