Rotating Circles

Anomalous Motion Illusion

Why Do Mushrooms Grow in a Circle?
Why Do Mushrooms Grow in a Circle?

Rotating Circles Illusion


Most people believe this image is animated - they are wrong!



Can you see the circles moving?


(You may need to zoom in, or look close. The illusion works best on a large screen)

Caution: If this illusion makes you feel dizzy or uncomfortable, then look away.



Rotating Circles Illusion
An optical illusion similar to Rotating Snakes by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, drawn by CMG Lee and enhanced by Michael Daniels

About the Rotating Circles Illusion


This image is an example of a "peripheral drift" anomalous motion illusion.


Although the image is NOT animated, most people will see the circles rotating, especially as they move their eyes around.


The image is a variation of the famous "Rotating Snakes" illusion, created by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, Professor of Psychology at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.


For further examples, see Akiyoshi's Illusion Pages