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The mind-blowing optical illusion sees colors in black and white – can you see past it?

THIS thought-provoking optical illusion tricks your mind by tricking you into seeing color in black and white.

Optical illusions often use color to confuse the human brain – and a TikTok user with the handle @hecticNick recently proved this.

Nick first shared this image, which shows a scene of a building complex in tones of neon blue, orange, and purple.

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Nick first shared this image, which shows a scene of a building complex in tones of neon blue, orange, and purple.Credit: TikTok/hecticnick
Shortly thereafter, the first image turns into this black and white visual

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Shortly thereafter, the first image turns into this black and white visualCredit: TikTok/hecticnick

Nick shares two images that illustrate how an optical illusion can trick your brain into believing that a black and white image is in color.

First, the content creator shared an image of a building complex in neon blue, orange, and purple tones.

There is a black dot in the middle of the image, which the TikToker asks users to focus on.

“Keep an eye on that black dot for about ten seconds,” Nick said in the 17-second clip.

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Shortly thereafter, the image turns from an oversaturated image to black and white.

However, had the viewer gazed at the black dot as instructed, the image actually appears in color for a moment.

“Watch what happens if it changes now. This picture is black and white, but I bet you saw some color when it changed,” Nick said.

Many of his 3.9 million followers were stunned, and several thousand took to the comments section to express their thoughts.

“I saw color but when I looked away it was black and white,” one TikTok user wrote, adding a series of “shocked” emojis.

“Wow, it worked! But how,” chimed in a second, stunned user.

“Woah dude beautiful illusion,” remarked a third TikToker.

Since it went live just over a month ago, the optical illusion video has garnered more than 100,000 likes.

How does it work?

The reason this optical illusion works could be because our brains fill in black and white images based on our memory of the correct color, according to a study.

“Our brains do a pretty good job of keeping colors constant for us,” wrote Pete Etchells for The Guardian.

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“For example, if we look at a banana, it looks yellow regardless of the conditions under which we look at it,” he added.

This is called “cortical staining” and happens via the visual cortex, which is located in the occipital lobe of our brain.

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Chris Barrese

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