What do you see? 8 intriguing optical illusions and stunning illustrations

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Living in the age of social media, we’re all too used to seeing manipulated, photoshopped images going viral online.

But some of the trickiest and most confusing images and illustrations have been around for centuries.

Optical illusions, perhaps more commonly known today as visual illusions, are images that use artistic, photographic or psychological techniques to play with visual perception – with confusing images causing shifts between the eyes and the brain when we try to interpret them.

Writing in a scientific journal Trends in cognitive science in 1997the late Professor Richard L. Gregory said, “Visual illusions provide evidence for perceptual processes, particularly the use of knowledge about objects and work rules to see.

Here are 8 visual illusions that will have your eyes — and your mind — playing tricks on you.

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