While I always love a good optical illusion, this one kind of blew my mind. The instructions are to look around the waiting room of a science laboratory, and to spot any items that are “out of place.” I don’t want to spoil this for you, so here’s the video, and my comments are below after you’ve watched it.
If, like me, you were a bit stunned by the amount of change that happened over time, you’re not alone, as the Neural Correlate Society named this their Illusion of the Year. It takes advantage of a phenomenon called “graduate change blindness”, or basically that people don’t notice change as long as it happens gradually. For me, I was looking all over the room for things that seemed out of place, rather than lingering on any one area, and there’s probably a lesson in there during these chaotic times about focus and staying on task, rather than scattering one’s attention over lots of different things.