After-image illusion

An afterimage is a non-specific term that refers to an image continuing to appear in one's vision after the exposure to the original image has ceased. An afterimage may be a normal phenomenon (physiological afterimage) or may be pathological (palinopsia). Illusory palinopsia may be a pathological exaggeration of physiological afterimages. The remainder of this article refers to physiological afterimages. A common physiological afterimage is the dim area that seems to float before one's eyes after briefly looking into a light source, such as a camera flash. (Wikipedia)


Negative after-image illusion - complementary color after-image

An afterimage is an optical illusion that refers to an image continuing to appear in one's vision after the exposure to the original image has ceased.
Negative after-image induces the complementary color of the original image. (Positive afterimages, by contrast, appear the same color as the original image).

Stare at the center of these images (one at a time) for 30-60 seconds, and afterward switch your view to white surface area below.This can induce an afterimage of the of the complementary color (for example, the color red induces a cyan(greenish/bluish) afterimage). For a black-and-white picture,the afterimage is the opposite (negative) color to the original. If the afterimage starts to fade, blinking can make it to reappear.

After-image illusion


Negative after-image illusion: Ghost after-image

True belief or self-illusion? - Depending on your own social-political belief, pick one of the following images and stare at the nose of the Ghost for 60 seconds, and afterward switch your view to white surface area below. This can induce an afterimage of your savior to appear. If the afterimage looks like a stranger, you need a second opinion. Stare at the Ghost again for 60 seconds, then close your eyes and tilt your head up. Keep your eyes closed, you will soon see a halo of light. Continue looking at the light and a longer-lasting and clearer afterimage of your savior should appear. A few Obama girls claim that they are able to visualize the "YES WE CAN" after-message as well. Those girls are true believers!

#1: The Liberal Ghost

Barack Obama

#2: The Conservative Ghost

Sarah Palin

#3: The Marxist Ghost

Che Guevara

#4: The Holy Ghost

Lord Jesus

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   #3: Che Guevara   #4: The Almighty

The Ghost-images of Barack Obama and Sarah Palin
Barack Obama   Sarah Palin
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Barak Obama   Sarah Palin
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Beyonce Afterimage Illusion

stare at this negative photo of her for a minute or so. Don’t forget to fixate the dots on her nose while you’re doing it. After some time, turn your eyes to a plain surface right next to the image. A “negative of a negative“, a proper image in full-color if you will, will then appear momentarily. The more you blink, the better afterimage effect you’ll experience!

Beyonce Afterimage Illusion




Color Afterimage Illusion

This is a color photo followed by its black-and-white copy. If you stare at the dot of the color photo, you will see the complementary color appearing on the wall in black-and-white copy.

Color Afterimage Illusion




Caught Inside A Bubble

Top 10 finalists in the Best Illusion of The Year 2016 Contest.
By Mark Vergeer, Stuart Anstis and Rob van Lier, University of Leuven, Belgium, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and UC San Diego, USA.

In this illusion you can see colors that are not presented on the screen. An image of colored bull’s eyes is alternated with an image containing different sized greyscale bubbles. Although these bubbles are colorless, they will actually appear to be colored. These illusory colors are the afterimages of the bull’s eye colors. The intriguing thing is that the colors of the bubbles appear to be completely different, depending on the size of the bubble. Each bubble ‘captures’ the afterimage of the bull’s eye color that matches the size of the bubble. One colored image causes multiple, completely different afterimages.




Motion after-effect

The motion aftereffect (MAE) is a visual illusion experienced after viewing a moving visual stimulus for a time (tens of milliseconds to minutes) with stationary eyes, and then fixating a stationary stimulus. The stationary stimulus appears to move in the opposite direction to the original (physically moving) stimulus. The motion aftereffect is believed to be the result of motion adaptation.

For example, if one looks at a waterfall for about a minute and then looks at the stationary rocks at the side of the waterfall, these rocks appear to be moving upwards slightly. The illusory upwards movement is the motion aftereffect. This particular motion aftereffect is also known as the waterfall illusion.

Another example can be seen when one looks at the center of a rotating spiral for several seconds. The spiral can exhibit outward or inward motion. When one then looks at any stationary pattern, it appears to be moving in the opposite direction. This form of the motion aftereffect is known as the spiral aftereffect.

Motion Aftereffect (Waterfall)

Motion Aftereffect (Waterfall)

What is Motion Aftereffect?

What is Motion Aftereffect?


#1: Motion aftereffect

Motion aftereffect
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#2: Motion aftereffect

Motion aftereffect

#3: Waterfall Illusion

Waterfall Illusion

#4: Pinwheel Illusion

Pinwheel Illusion

Motion after-effect occurs when you stare at something that is moving in a particular direction for at least 30-60 seconds. When you look away from the movement and look at a stationary scene it will appear to move in the opposite direction.