You Won't Be Able To Find The Four Circles In This Photo Without Getting A Headache

This optical illusion is making its way around the internet today. 

Take a look:

No really, stare at this photo a little longer. You’re supposed to be able to see the four circles (and yes, there are only four.)

Can you see them?


They’re there:

Now do you see them?


We didn’t think so.

Here’s why you have a headache trying to find the circles looking at this photo, dubbed the “Intertwining Illusion.”

It’s actually the tilt of the squares in the photo that are throwing off your peripheral vision. Even though the squares form rings, it’s the tilt of those squares that creates the illusion of a spiral. 

“The offset between the black squares in one ring with the black squares in neighbouring rings also creates the perception of a spiral, as does the offset between the white squares in adjacent rings,” explains

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