Optical Illusions occur when our brain is trying to interpret what we see and make sense of the world around us, and it guesses wrong. These optical illusions can use color, light and patterns to create images that can be deceptive or misleading to our brains. The information gathered by the eye is processed by the brain creating a perception that in reality does not match what is really happening. These illusions occur because our brain can only work with information I was and tries to interpret what we see and make sense of the world around us in real time. Our brain can be tricked into seeing things which may not be real.

In the links below with examples of optical illusions, if you don't see it move, focus your eyes on one spot. It's pretty amazing!

Optical Illusion Games

Can you guess what's going on?

Are the Lines Horizontal or Straight Optical Illusions

Fun Optical Illusions

Professor Akiyoski's illusion pages

Lots and lots and lots of illusions

The blind spot - Making colors appear using only black and white

Can you answer these questions about the illusions you think you see? (Bet you'll be wrong!)

Optical Illusions from the Weather Wiz

Tease Your Brain (Exploratorium)

Optical Illusions (Michael Bach)

Tricky Tricky - Optical Illusions (youtube)

Optical Illusions FLASH games

Free Flash Presentations

Science Games

Free Presentations in PowerPoint format