Our Brains, Our Perspectives…


I talk a lot about the importance of recognizing that each of us has our own perspective. Allowing room for different perspectives goes a long way to help us avoid conflict. Even so, sometimes it is hard to understand how someone’s perspective can be so different from our own.

I was perusing Facebook the other day and saw a post by IFLScience!. The post, which included a video, discussed something called the McCullough effect. The McCullough effect involves looking at a specific image for a period of time. Afterwards, when you look at the colors red and green, they will be reversed. That’s right, you’ll see green as red and red as green.

It might be easy to say, well, sometimes we have odd things happen for a few seconds. Like spots after looking into a bright light. The incredible thing about this effect is that it can last up to 3 months! That’s right, your brain can be impacted so that you mistake green for red and vice versa for months.

Watching the video made me think. If our brain can do this, what else can happen to impact our perspective? Remember that the next time you are trying to understand how someone sees something so differently than you!


The Image That Can Break Your Brain

http://tomscott.com – @tomscott – Things that can hurt you just by looking at them are science fiction and fantasy, right? Well, not quite. Inside Walt Disney World, home of the most terrible earworm known to humanity, I talk about the McCollough Effect.


photo credit: How to prepare the skull for surgery, brain exposed, c. 16th century via photopin (license)

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