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JESSICA WILSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JESSICA WILSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Conceptual illustration of brains superimposed on the optical illusion of a Rubin vase. The Rubin vase is a famous set of ambiguous or bi-stable (i.e., reversing) two-dimensional forms developed around 1915 by the Danish psychologist Edgar Rubin. A viewer sees the image either as two faces looking at each other in front of a black background, or as a black vase. The shape of the image depends on the side of the line a viewer chooses as part of the figure. This is important because the human brain has in general just one object in the field of perception and the other objects go into the background.
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