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This Optical Illusion Is Sending The Internet Into A Frenzy. Do You See Colored Dots?

David Novick

There's never a dull moment on the internet, but things get even more interesting when an optical illusion comes along.

No matter how good your sight is or how smart you are, there will always be images that play tricks on your eyes as well as your brain.

The great dress debate of 2015 (it's really blue and black) is a perfect example of just how much our color perception can sometimes be unreliable.

Now, another image is making the rounds on the internet and it has people freaking out over the colors they're seeing.

The pretty pastel illusion, titled "Confetti," was created by David Novick, a professor of engineering education and leadership at the University of Texas at El Paso. It's believed to be an advanced form of the Munker illusion.

The image went viral after it was posted on Reddit and people were not all seeing the same things.

Take a look at the image below and try to figure out what color are each of the circles.

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Do you see a bunch of different colored circles? If yes, then your eyes have definitely deceived you.

According to Novick, all the dots are actually the same shade, but it's your brain that's tricking you into seeing 12 circles with four different colors.

"The Munker illusion appears to be a function of the framing colors, which tend to tint the central [shape]," Novick wrote on his website. "The apparent color of the central circle is a mix of the foreground framing color and the circle's color."

So simply put, your brain processes an object's color based on all the other colors around it. Isn't it trippy?

"Confetti" zoomed inAbrikozenmosterd/Reddit

On social media, some people found ways to see the full effect of the illusion. Apparently when you move away from the picture, the circles appear like they're all different colors. Zoom in on the dots, and you'll most likely notice that they're all the same shade.

"Bloody hell, if I make it bigger I see them all in the same colour!" wrote one Twitter user. "WHAT KIND OF SORCERY IS THIS?"

Noviak has created a number of other illusions, so if you're looking to exercise your brain and confuse your eyes, check them out on his website.

How long did it take you to figure out the illusion? Let us know!

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