Which road looks different?

Which road looks different? You won’t believe your eyes.


Orsten & Pomerantz, 2014) ‘A Turn in the Road’ 97% of responses indicate the rightmost road as being different. The middle road is unique and the left and rightmost roads are identical to each other.

When we look at two pictures that are physically the same, they usually look the same. When they are different, they look different. Our illusions show the opposite: two images that are different but look the same — those are called “metamers”; — and two images that are identical but look different — we call those “anti-metamers.” Our main illusion mixes the two: it shows three images, two of which match with a third one mismatching. Viewers see one image as odd, but it’s one of the two identical images they see as different, an illusion we call “false pop out.”