What Do You See On This Picture

This is one of the oldest optical illusions out there and it shows how fascinating the brain truly is.

Duck or Rabbit? How it began

In 1953, the BBC TV program, Right Hand, Left Hand, broadcasted this image of a duck / rabbit optical illussion to ask its viewers what they see. Thousands of people gave their interpretation of whether they saw a duck or a rabbit.

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At the time, the presenter, Dr. Jacob Bronowski opined that people saw the images differently depending on whether they were left or right-handed. However, a later study showed that the age and sex of the viewer were more likely to affect their perception of the image.

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What it says about your brain

In February 2018, a new study delved into how the brain sees this image and what it says about how our mind helps to interpret the things we see. The study, published in the SAGE Journals, showed that the information we have can determine how we see things, including this photo, for example.

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It was first discovered that no matter how hard a person looked, they could not see both the duck and the rabbit at the same time. However, when one researcher asked them to look at the image and imagine a duck eating a rabbit, they respondents were able to focus and see both images.

Neuroscientist and author of the study, Kyle Mathewson explained that when the researcher asked them to do this, the “brain sort of zooms out and can see the big picture when the images are put into context with one another.”

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In conclusion, Kyle explained that this experiment showed we can control how we interpret things by just using a few words to put it in context for our brain.

Other fascinating optical illusions

We never tire of these images and visuals that not only help us learn more about ourselves but teach us that we can each interpret the same situation in a unique way.

In this video below, you can find a few more optical illusions that have become popular over the years.

The brain is a mysterious thing indeed.

Dangerous summer stroller mistake most parents make

Being a parent is no easy task. Not only do you spend your days trying to prevent harm befalling them from the many dangers of the world, but there’s also a whole host of things you might not even think of just waiting to trip you up.

Everyone knows leaving children in hot cars is a big no-no, even for a few minutes.

According to Swedish researchers, covering your stroller with a blanket – even if it’s a very thin cloth – can do quite the opposite of what you’re intending.

The newspaper decided to do a stroller experiment of its own, just to see what would happen. Here’s what it found:

Without a cover: The temperature inside the a stroller left out in the heat was 22 degrees Celsius (71.6 degrees Fahrenheit.)

With a thin cover: In 30 minutes, the temperature rose to 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit.) And after an hour, it was at 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.)

Sure, it seems only logical to cover your baby up and so protect them from the searing glare of the sun’s rays, but doing so can actually cause the temperature inside the stroller to rocket up to dangerous levels. A furnace-like effect is produced, making it extremely unsafe for a baby to be inside their stroller for any length of time.

What parents can do to avoid heatstroke in babies:

  • Dress your baby in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Try to keep your baby in the shade when outside — and check to make sure that he’s staying cool during car rides.
  • Give him more fluids than usual on hot days.
  • If the temperature is especially hot, keep your baby inside if you can.
  • If your home is very hot and you don’t have air conditioning, seek comfort at a public library, the mall, or a community shelter provided especially for relief from the heat.