High-tech version of the hollow-face illusion

I just accidentally made a kind-of version of the classic hollow-face illusion, using an anatomical MRI scan of my own head and Osirix. I exported a movie in Osirix, saved the movie as an image sequence using Quicktime, and then assembled it into an animated GIF using GIMP.

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Click the image for a much bigger (11mb!) version.

This is a maximum intensity projection, and because of the way MIPs work, it appears that the head is rotating 180 degrees to the left, and then the direction switches and it rotates back 180 degrees to the right. In actual fact, the image is rotating constantly in one direction, as can be seen by looking at the cube on the top left which cycles through L (Left), P (Posterior), R (Right), and A (Anterior). It’s not really a hollow-face illusion as the effect is pretty much an artefact of the MIP, but still, I thought it was cool.

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About Matt Wall

I do brains. BRAINZZZZ.

Posted on October 22, 2013, in Neuroimaging, Software and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I seem to be able only the occipital passing in front, with the face always in the back. Funny effect, thanks for sharing.

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