Who are you going to believe?
Me or your lying eyes?
I’m sure that most everyone has heard that particular line and I’m sure that most of us would believe our own “lying eyes” over some slick-talking conman trying to scam us. However, is that always wise? Is seeing always believing? Oddly enough, someone who has a deft hand at design and a working knowledge of the limitations in human vision and the brain can, quite easily, trick us into seeing all kinds of things that are not real. Richard Wiseman, a UK psychologist, came up with a great video to demonstrate just how easy it is to trick people into seeing things differently than they really are. I should warn you not to watch this video if you’re drinking or eating unless you want to explain the mess to your colleagues.
If you doubt that, just look at how these cameramen and photographers made use of these very things for a Honda commercial.
If you’re curious about how these sets and illusions were constructed, lucky for us the good people at Honda don’t mind showing us how they use optical illusions and misdirection to make us all wonder about what it is we’re seeing and if we really can trust our lying eyes.
– da Bird