Thursday, January 31, 2013

Top of the Heap!

Monday's Riddle opened up the topic of perception, and Lizzy's review of Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen gave us both sides of the story. Friday, Gary Paulsen will be stopping by to tell us a little more about his middle grade book, Hatchet, and Saturday, we always enjoy listening to your point of view on The DMS Wants to Know : ) 

In the spirit of a teenager, the Young Adult Hop is running wild. Stop by and enter for your chance to win a copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, plus a signed hardcover edition of the spooky, new middle grade novel The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow by J. Haight & S. Robinson. 

Today, we thought it would be fun to share two fascinating mind games with you. They show you just how much the human brain is hard-wired to alter perceptions.  


This week's top of the heap: Excellent Perception Brain Games : ) 



Fairday: Rotating Silhouette Pirouette

On what leg is the dancer standing? The direction of rotation of silhouettes may be ambiguous. This dancer created by Nobuyuki Kayahara stands on her left leg when she appears to be rotating clockwise, but on her right leg when she appears to rotate counter-clockwise.

Rotating Silhouette

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Lizzy: Three Streams

Apparent movement of the streams is created by afterimages as our eyes shift to examine the picture.


Three Streams



24 comments:

  1. You ladies are interviewing big stars! I'm thrilled and looking most forward to the interviews. Enjoyed the mind games here. Thanks, and I've just subscribed to your list. You have great stuff here, truly!

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    1. Hi Claudine, Thanks so much! Mind games are always so much fun! We hope that you enjoy the newsletter. Excellent that you subscribed! Always a pleasure to hear from you : ) ~ Jess & Stephanie

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    1. Hi Patty, What's more fun than a puzzle? lol : ) Thanks for popping over! ~ F

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  3. Amazing! The top and bottom streams appear to be moving, but the middle one appears still - I wonder what that says about me??

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    1. Hi Barbara, Hmm... they all move for me- but in different directions. Who knows what the meaning is- the mind is a mystery, though fascinating nonetheless! Thanks so much for popping over to visit us today : ) ~ F

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  4. Ah yes, perception. Great post today. I couldn't stop watching the dancing woman.

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    1. Hi cleemckenzie, That one is my favorite. I can switch it on command now- I had to stare at it for a long time- but if you shift your gaze to her shadow and relax your eyes and brain, she will suddenly spin the other way. I really had her on her toes the other day! My brain was exhausted after our little spinning one way and then the other session. LOL. Magical! Great to hear from you! ~ F

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  5. I always loved doing this stuff in my sensory and perception pysch class. Very interesting stuff!

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    1. Hi Heidi, It's fascinating what our brains are capable of, and it's fun to play with them : ) Great to hear from you! ~ F

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    1. Hi Kelly, We both liked these two- but, the site link with the dancing girl has other really great mind games on it to check out. Thanks so much for sopping by! ~ F

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  7. Love this! I've always thought these were so cool :)

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    1. Hi Cheles Bells, They are very cool! Thanks for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  8. Thank you for sharing :D But ahhh. That second picture hurts my eyes ;p fun, though :)
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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    1. Hi Carina, It is a strange image, that's for sure! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  9. How clever where these mind games even if the streams did make me feel totally dizzy.

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    1. Hi Petty, I like that feeling sometimes- lol. Great to hear from you : ) Thanks for stopping by! ~ F

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  10. You are messing with my eyes! That is so cool XD

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  11. How fun1 I love perception pictures.

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    1. Donna- I agree! They are so much fun. :) ~L

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