The Necker Cube and Human Perception

The Necker Cube is an ambiguous line drawing. It can be interpreted two different ways. When a person stares at the picture, it will often seem to flip back and forth between the two valid interpretations. The Necker Cube is an optical illusion first published in 1832 by Swiss crystallographer Louis Albert Necker.

Like the paradox of the “half-empty/half-full glass of water” the Necker Cube shows how human perception is multi-stable. It can change and be changed–it can flip/flop.

This also shows why the cvs2bvs brain software is so powerful in the human perception system because it can change, or flip, perception from one stable state to another stable state–on command!

Click through here to an interesting animated Necker Cube.

25 thoughts on “The Necker Cube and Human Perception

  1. interesting….
    you have to just try and you can change your perception so quickly and flip so easily….

  2. While the illusions did not work for me I understand that perception and reality are quite different and who creates perception can make a major impact on our lives if we accept blindly

  3. it is quite interesting. our current view of any situation in life can become better based on some factors socio-cultural, belief system and time. time is usually pregnant with information that can change cvs 2 bvs.

  4. As I stare at it, the image “flips” so I see it one way then the other. I have two questions. 1. I wonder what my brain is doing? 2. Can I make my brain change back and forth?

  5. I find these illusions very interesting and clearly they illustrate the fact that there is more than one view of a situation and that we have to try to be open to and recognise them all.

  6. We should know that there is always a different view of the situation and different people may have different views. It does not make sense to presume that your current view is the only correct view. This brings out that point.

  7. Perception will alter to the person viewing, people should remember that because other peoples perception is different to there own does not make it wrong.

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