Optical Illusions

People are fascinated by things that are not what they seem. Optical illusions are wonderfully creative tools for emphasizing that first impressions are not always correct. They can also be used to grab or regain attention as an energizing activity throughout the day. You can include them in your sessions by making transparencies of several illusions. To do so, have participants take out paper and pencil, project the images on the screen for 10 seconds, and have learners write down what they see. After going through a few of the illusions, go back and project them one at a time and ask, "What did you see?" It amazes people how many different perceptions there were about the same material. The point that you can then make is that each learner is unique with different experiences and perspectives, and each can serve as a resource to another in training and in the workplace. Figures 2-5 through 2-10 offer some sample illusions. More can be obtained from books or on the Internet by typing in Optical Illusions.

FIGURE 2-5. What do you see?

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FIGURE 2-5. What do you see?

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Optical Illusions Old Man Young Girl

possible solution: Bird with lady in its beak or big fish with a canoe and a man in its mouth.

possible solution: Can be seen as an Eskimo with back towards the viewer or an Indian facing left.

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possible solution: Can be seen as a saxophone player or a woman facing the viewer.

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PUTTING YOUR BRAIN TO WORK: ACTIVITY

How can optical illusions add creativity to your training sessions?

To which learner modality do you think optical illusions would most appeal? Why?

How can you ensure that optical illusions will appeal and add value for all three learning modalities?

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