As we know, peripheral vision is responsible for perceiving what is on both sides of our main visual field, which is equivalent to a vision range of 190 degrees. Still, peripheral vision is far from perfect and sometimes makes us perceive things that don’t really exist Winsomenews decided to show you.
All you need to do is stare constantly at the little cross in the center of the image below. You will be astonished to notice that your peripheral vision will distort the faces of the famous people shown, making them look like monsters or caricatures of themselves.
Faces are distorted, aren’t they? And the more we look at the center of the image, the more they will be distorted. Why does that happen? We go in order:
There is an area on the retina called the macula lutea (also known as a yellow spot). Its main characteristic is that it contains the largest number of receptors that allow us to see a certain area more clearly, which we will call the main visual field and it is equivalent to only 10% of our general visual field (everything we see); it is precisely the macula lutea that is responsible for seeing the object or person to whom we direct our gaze.
In this case, the main visual field is empty (we only see a small cross) and the brain tries to take information from other sources that are located outside of that field (the images of celebrities that are on the sides). Since these sources of information are not so “reliable”, the brain tries to stitch them together into a single image. In addition, he tries to process them in a very short period of time, thus losing the ability to recognize faces, unites the features of both characters into one, and finally we see “monsters”.