This optical illusion’s actually been around since 2003 when it was created by Japanese Flash designer Nobuyuki Kayahara but it’s just going viral now. Experts have traditionally used this optical illusion to test which hemisphere of the brain is more active, but they now believe that this optical illusion can be a test of genius.
Most people tend to see the dancer in this image rotating clockwise which is supposedly tied to an attentional bias towards the right side of the body. But, if you’re able to consciously make the dancer spin in the other direction, this is supposedly a sign of genius (high IQ).
Other experts say this ‘genius’ theory is bullshit. So, while I felt validated for seeing her spin in both directions, clockwise and counter-clockwise, I now feel like a total fraud.
‘That’s just gibberish,’ Shapiro, a computer science professor at American University in Washington D.C. and creator of the color wagon wheel illusion, told Spencer.
He explains that there is are much more complex reasons behind why we see her spinning in different directions.
The duo explains that this ballerina is deemed a reversible image in the class of optical illusions, meaning, even though she spins, she displays ‘similarities to other static illusions’ – like the Necker cube.
Just like the spinning dancer, the Necker cube can be viewed in two ways: either the lower right panel is in the front or people see it placed in the back.
Conclusion: if you saw this chick spinning both directions you may or may not be a genius, but just because you saw her spinning in both directions doesn’t necessarily mean you are a genius, maybe.