Is It Moving?

The picture is supposed to test whether you are stressed and tired. If you aren’t, nothing in the picture is supposed to be moving. The more tired and stressed you are, the faster it’s supposed to move.

I do see it move, albeit very slowly. This doesn’t make much sense, though, because I had a great night’s sleep and I’m not stressed at all. It’s Saturday, so what is there to be stressed about?

14 thoughts on “Is It Moving?”

  1. With my glasses (both reading glasses and regular progressive-lens trifocals) it moves. Without them, it doesn’t. I recently got new glasses but I have been suspecting that the prescription is a bit off, and this is one more piece of evidence that my astigmatism isn’t being properly corrected.


  2. Initially it does not appear to move but if I keep looking it appears to begin moving very slowly. I also would have said I was not tired or stressed today, but of course I am somewhat, it just isn’t much.


  3. The image was moving very slowly for me until I finally got off my butt and did my five-minute intensive aerobic workout for the day — and now that I’m still panting a little as my heart rate slows back down, the image appears to be turning notably faster. Interesting!


  4. This is such a weird picture. It moves slowly for me, but sometimes it stops and starts. And depending on where I focus, that part of the picture stops moving, and when I shift my focus back to the whole picture, the movement stutters before starting again.


      1. “it looks like the stressed/tired thing is a fake”

        That was my assumption, I think the way most people’s brains are wired they’re going to see movement (though if you look at a specific part the movement stops there).
        It also awakens my inner evolutionary theorist and assume that there’s more downside to not seeing movement under certain conditions than in seeing movement that isn’t there.
        If a hominid kept seeing non-existent movement and was jumpy in forest conditions (with dappled light effects) they’re more liable to see the leopard in time when it’s there while the hominid that only sees real movement is going to end up as the leopard’s lunch (this is not supported by any research I know if, just idle musing).


      1. The actual animated image (28 frames) is consistent: All of the girls are moving in the same direction for the entire sequence.

        The direction that your mind perceives is based on which part of the girls’ bodies your eyes are focusing on, and whether, in the absence of other visual cues, it appears that their arms (or raised leg) are moving in front of their bodies (turning left to right) or behind them (turning right to left).

        Try looking at the image from different angles — straight ahead, then gazing with your head turned to the right, and then with your head turned to the left. With many observers, the viewing angle alters the apparent direction of rotation for the three pictures.


  5. Optical illusions are fun, but that’s all. Not everybody can see them, but that’s not an indicator of anything much except that not everybody has identical eyesight and brain connections. Illusions can’t be used as indicators of tiredness, or mental health or spirituality or anything else. They’re just fun!


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