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on: January 03, 2011, 01:15:54 pm » posted from:Taipei,T'ai-pei,Taiwan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilac_chaser

Lilac chaser is a visual illusion, also known as the Pac-Man illusion. It consists of 12 lilac (or pink, rose or magenta), blurred discs arranged in a circle (like the numbers on a clock), around a small black, central cross on a grey background. One of the discs disappears briefly (for about 0.1 second), then the next (about 0.125 second later), and the next, and so on, in a clockwise direction. When one stares at the cross for about 20 seconds or so, one sees three different things:

   1. A gap running around the circle of lilac discs;
   2. A green disc running around the circle of lilac discs in place of the gap;
   3. The green disc running around on the grey background, with the lilac discs having disappeared in sequence.

The illusion is due to three, well-known effects:

   1. An illusion of movement called beta movement;
   2. An afterimage in which an opposite, complementary, colour—green—appears when each lilac spot disappears (if the discs were blue, one would see yellow);

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