Checkers Optical Illusion Video


Checkers Optical Illusion on YouTube

Using shadows to create an optical illusion, the video demonstrates how our brain compares and contrasts shadows. As explained by MIT:
Just measuring the light coming from a surface (the luminance) is not enough: a cast shadow will dim a surface, so that a white surface in shadow may be reflecting less light than a black surface in full light. The visual system uses several tricks to determine where the shadows are and how to compensate for them, in order to determine the shade of gray "paint" that belongs to the surface.

If you look at the template, the moving square surrounded by white background might look lighter than the same colored square surrounded by light grey squares--another example of how our visual system forces distinction between light and dark.

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@Joanna - Good find! It's neat to see Edward Adelson's famous Checkershadow optical illusion "in real life." BTW, I fixed the width of the YouTube clip (it was a bit too long for our layout)

@Edward - it's weird that Safari behaves differently on Mac and iPad, and thank you for keeping Neatorama's financial well-being in mind :)
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It was Safari on a Mac. Safari on an iPad worked properly. Of course, Firefox with Adblocker and No Script eliminates the problem entirely. However, that cuts into Neatorama's income.
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Well, it finally happened. The ad at the bottom of the video is too large to see what is going on and there is no way (on this browser) to close it.
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