Personality tests are always a fun way to take a little break during a hectic work day. While we may not always agree with the results, it’s still fun to share our results with others and compare.
These optical illusions have existed for years, and chances are you’ve seen a few of these before. One of the oldest illusions is Joseph Jastrow’s Duck-Rabbit. Jastrow was a renowned American psychologist who used the image to bring attention to point out that perception isn’t just about what your eyes see, but also of mental activity .
Perception occurs when sensory signals are matched to perceptual templates . Through our experiences, we create these templates, both consciously and unconsciously in our mind. In other words, what we perceive is actually our brain’s interpretation of the information our eyes send it based on previous experiences. You can learn more about how perception works (and some cool tricks it plays on us sometimes) in this article.
So what does it mean about our brains and way of thinking when we look at these kinds of images? Here’s a quick test to see how your brain works, based on these illusions.
What Do You See First?
After each image, based on what you see, we’ll determine what kind of thinker you are. Enjoy!
If the first thing you saw was two women facing each other, you most likely react to situations emotionally and passionately. If you saw 3 marble columns, you are much more rational when it comes to making decisions.
If you looked at this image and saw a dog with long ears, you are more likely the kind of person that completes tasks without much direction; you work best when you’re your own boss. If you saw two cats first, you’re the kind of person who thrives under instruction and structure; free form is not for you.
This one has been circulating the Internet for a few years. If you saw two faces leaning in close, you are likely the kind of person that learns through experience and hands-on tasks. If you saw a goblet first, you’re more likely to learn through instruction and lecture.
This image is known as Jastrow’s Duck-Rabbit. People who tend to let their minds drift off from time to time if they aren’t stimulated are more likely to see a rabbit first. People who are able to keep focus, even when they are uninterested in what’s happening, are more likely to see the duck first.
Here’s another classic image. People who saw a young woman with her head turned have a more vivid and wild imagination, they can entertain themselves for hours just being in their own head. If you saw an old woman, you tend to be more based in reality; realism predominates your brain.
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