This image will disappear if you stare at it long enough…
The Troxler effect is a visual example of neural adaptation, where your brain filters out “superfluous stimuli” that does not change. It’s the same way you don’t notice the sound of rain or your room’s background noise after a while. Swiss physician Ignaz Paul Vital Troxler first wrote about the effect way back in 1804.
Understanding this phenomenon is important for tasks like aviation or being an Army sniper. It’s also fun to stare at images like the ones above because they approach ‘the sublime’ in abstract artistic terms. Cool!
Similarly, Aphex Twin‘s awesome EP ‘Collapse‘ (below) has been known to induce photosensitive epilepsy when coupled with the distorted image above, which involves seizures triggered by visual stimuli that form patterns in time or space, such as flashing lights; bold, regular patterns; or regular moving patterns.
Sterling Ruby‘s ‘SPECTER‘ sculpture (below) has been known to cause myoclonic jerks (‘reflex seizures’) in the jaw or may cause focal seizures in the brain responsible for visual coherence. Awesome! Stare at these objects all day and experience the SUBLIME (or go insane!).
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