#1 Posted by JasonR86 (9710 posts) -


#2 Edited by JasonR86 (9710 posts) -

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This is called the Spinning Dancer Illusion. Nobuyuki Kayahara created this image. This is an ambiguous image that can be seen spinning both ways. Some people can see it spinning both ways occasionally simultaneously. Essentially, "...the spinning dancer illusion is related to bistable perception in which an ambiguous 2-dimensional figure can be seen in from two different perspectives.Because there is no third dimension, our brains try to construct space around the figure. Similar illusions include the Necker Cube and the Reversible Face/Vase Illusion."

Source: http://psychology.about.com/od/sensationandperception/ig/Optical-Illusions/spinning-dancer-illusion.htm

EDIT: When I say some people can see the dancer spinning both direction simultaneously I mean that some people can look at the image and make the dancer spin clockwise and counter-clockwise without looking away.

#3 Edited by N7 (3590 posts) -

Counter clockwise.
 
EDIT: Wow, I just completely forgot how clocks worked apparently.
 
I change my vote to Clockwise.

#4 Posted by JasonR86 (9710 posts) -

I can only see it clockwise. At one point, about two years ago when I first saw this, I could see it spinning both ways. Now I'm stuck only seeing it spin one way.

#5 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

Are GB's ads really reduced to this?

I love that little gold medallion.

#6 Posted by N7 (3590 posts) -
@JasonR86 said:

I can only see it clockwise. At one point, about two years ago when I first saw this, I could see it spinning both ways. Now I'm stuck only seeing it spin one way.

How could you have seen it spinning both ways? That's some Steven King shirt right there.
#7 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

Neither and both. At the same time.

#8 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@JasonR86: When you look at it this big it's obvious that the dancer is spinning clockwise, but at the low resolution that you typically see it the thing can sort of go both ways.

#9 Posted by JasonR86 (9710 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

Are GB's ads really reduced to this?

I love that little gold medallion.

It's not an ad. I'm just curious.

@N7 said:

@JasonR86 said:

I can only see it clockwise. At one point, about two years ago when I first saw this, I could see it spinning both ways. Now I'm stuck only seeing it spin one way.

How could you have seen it spinning both ways? That's some Steven King shirt right there.

@nintendoeats said:

@JasonR86: When you look at it this big it's obvious that the dancer is spinning clockwise, but at the low resolution that you typically see it the thing can sort of go both ways.

Here's a break down, frame by frame of what is happening.

It was designed to be entirely ambiguous so that it can be seen spinning either, or both, directions.

#10 Posted by Redbullet685 (6044 posts) -

It's obviously clockwise.

#11 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@JasonR86: Well, it IS an ad. But I'm glad to know that it isn't on GB.

#12 Posted by rjayb89 (7722 posts) -

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#13 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Clockwise, I tried to see it going the other way but couldn't.

#14 Posted by JasonR86 (9710 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

@JasonR86: Well, it IS an ad. But I'm glad to know that it isn't on GB.

Hah, ok. It's an 'ad'. I don't know what they're selling ('they' meaning 'me') but that's ok.

#15 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19346 posts) -

#16 Posted by JasonR86 (9710 posts) -

@FluxWaveZ:

Cool, thanks. I couldn't get it to work within the poll.

#17 Posted by N7 (3590 posts) -
@JasonR86: This is an add?
 
What?
 
WHAT!?
#18 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19346 posts) -

@JasonR86: Just drag and drop the actual gif in your first comment and it'll work.

#19 Posted by whistlebottom (194 posts) -

Whoa. For a second I saw it going clockwise, moved my eyes away from the pic because I thought I saw a different movement, and now it's spinning clockwise. Wonder how I can get it to go counter-clockwise again. Hmm.

#20 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@JasonR86 said:

@nintendoeats said:

@JasonR86: Well, it IS an ad. But I'm glad to know that it isn't on GB.

Hah, ok. It's an 'ad'. I don't know what they're selling ('they' meaning 'me') but that's ok.

nonononononono. Ok, restart.

You know that banner ad with this image in it? I inferred from your poll that GB was now running that ad. When I said that it is an ad, I meant that this thing IS culturally related to an ad.

#21 Posted by JasonR86 (9710 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

@JasonR86 said:

@nintendoeats said:

@JasonR86: Well, it IS an ad. But I'm glad to know that it isn't on GB.

Hah, ok. It's an 'ad'. I don't know what they're selling ('they' meaning 'me') but that's ok.

nonononononono. Ok, restart.

You know that banner ad with this image in it? I inferred from your poll that GB was now running that ad. When I said that it is an ad, I meant that this thing IS culturally related to an ad.

Oh. Huh, I've never seen the banner ad with that image in it.

#22 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

Anyway, getting back to the nitty-gritty of this: If you compare the frames, the dancer is very clearly spinning clockwise. Look at the shadow of her foot, the movement of the hips and hair...I'm sure that this is fascinating to neurologists but at the core of it she IS spinning clockwise, despite being designed to appear ambiguous.

#23 Posted by RenegadeSaint (1548 posts) -

Best way to get it to change directions is to look at the pivot foot/calf and move the image on and off of the screen. It will switch after a few tries for most people.

#24 Posted by newhaap (421 posts) -

I managed to see it spin both directions! At first I could only see it going clockwise, and then for some odd reason I scrolled down and saw the image FluxWavez posted and saw it spinning counter clockwise. I went "Oh it must be a mirror of the original image". And then a scrolled back up and clicked the image again and it was totally spinning counter clockwise! And now I can switch back and forth between clockwise and counter clockwise! I've leveled up!!

#25 Posted by CSXLoser (582 posts) -

I remember when i first saw this on an ad, i was able to see it spin both directions.

Years later, i only see it going counter clockwise.

Am i getting old :\

#26 Posted by Strife777 (1583 posts) -

I never understood how anybody saw it any other way than clockwise. I've seen that thing many times before, and it was always clockwise. Still is.

#27 Posted by hbkdx12 (779 posts) -

She only spins counterclockwise 72% of the time, all of the time

#28 Posted by ajamafalous (12001 posts) -

Oh hey, what's up 2002. I didn't see you there.

#29 Posted by JasonR86 (9710 posts) -

@ajamafalous said:

Oh hey, what's up 2002. I didn't see you there.

I guess I'm too old-fashioned for you young whippersnappers.

#30 Posted by Shirogane (3574 posts) -

Only counter, no matter what i do. So i don't see the argument for obviously spinning clockwise.

#31 Edited by JasonR86 (9710 posts) -

@Shirogane said:

Only counter, no matter what i do. So i don't see the argument for obviously spinning clockwise.

There really isn't one. If you look at the still of the .gif on the OP you'll see that the dancer's pivot foot looks to be pointing either away from us or toward us depending on how you interpret it. Same thing with her other foot, her head, etc. It all depends on how you look and interpret the image. I've heard that a lot of people interpret the pivot foot as being the dancer's right foot or left foot. I see the pivot foot as being her left foot and I also see the image spinning clockwise. I imagine a counterclockwise person would see the pivot foot as being the dancer's right foot.

#32 Posted by MrRedwine (430 posts) -

I cannot see the counterclockwise motion at all. I only have one eye that works. I wonder if that has something to do with it.