Take a look at this picture and what do you see? Is it a duck? Is it a rabbit?
Optical illusions are fun. They’re good tricks, especially since they can win one bragging rights. But it goes much deeper than that. Seeing faces and animals in clouds is something we all do as children, and psychologists are convinced there is more to it than mere fun.
This particular picture was first illustrated by the American psychologist Joseph Jastrow as part of an experiment. He was trying to determine how quickly the human brain could recognize shapes and form them into identifiable pictures. That helps with determining the subject’s level of creativity. So it works that the faster you manage to see the second image, or in this case the second creature, the more creative you are.
There you have it then. If you saw the second image, be it rabbit or duck quickly then you’re a Picasso or a Hemingway waiting to happen. If not… oh well.