Disappearing dots optical illusion is driving the Internet insane

There's a new maddening optical illusion taking the Internet by storm, and this time the aggravating agents are disappearing black dots, reports the BBC. The spots in question are located at the intersection points of numerous gray lines, and, while there are 12 of them, only a few seem to be visible at any given time.

Explanations for the phenomenon largely point to the limitations of human vision and memory. A Reddit user cited, "Variations on the Hermann Grid: An Extinction Illusion," a scientific paper published in 2000.

It suggests that humans are lacking in the ability to, "...recognize objects in clutter," and notes, "...people do not combine information from multiple fixations in a fully integrated and detailed representation."

The image was originally posted on Sunday by a psychology professor in Japan. Within a day, it had been shared, liked, and commented upon tens of thousands of times.

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A terrier dog driving his car on a sunny day in the Jerusalem Forest.

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Golden Eiffel Tower fitting on the cityscape with the real one in the background.

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Cows with one head

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Shadow of a tennis player hitting a tennis ball

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Children using beach sand to cover themselves to give the illusion of a headless person lying on the beach.

(Photo by Douglas Sacha via Getty Images)

A woman appearing to push large beach ball

(Photo by Nine OK via Getty Images)

A man's silhouette appearing to hold the moon like a basketball

(Photo by Ovidiu Caragea / EyeEm via Getty Images)

A cloud being used as topping for an ice cream cone

(Photo by Evelyne Sieber / EyeEm via Getty Images)

An illusion of a crescent moon serving as a boat's sail

(Photo by Sten Knudtoft / EyeEm via Getty Images)

Optical illusion. This building in Paris, close to the Church of the Sacred Earth, seems to be skew, while in fact it is the green lawn that goes up hill.

(Photo by Busà Photography via Getty Images)

Two grazing donkeys seem to form one two-headed donkey

(Photo by Inbal Caspi / EyeEm via Getty Images)

A man with a horse's head instead of his own

(Photo by Mubadda Rohana / EyeEm via Getty Images)

Two cyclists on a flat boardwalk

(Photo by Cosmo Condina via Getty Images)

Optical illusion, man being kicked in the air in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, South America

(Photo by Harald von Radebrecht via Getty Images)

An illusion of a man throwing an airplane

(Photo by Dariusz Myszkowski / EyeEm via Getty Images)


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