A psychologist is going viral on
TikTok after explaining an illusion
that has users seriously creeped out.
Dr. Julie Smith has a popular TikTok page where
she shares little-known facts about her field.
In a recent clip, Smith explained the Thatcher
Effect, a phenomenon that explains some pretty
crazy details about how our brains work.
The video features upside-down photos of celebrities
— such as Kanye West and Adele — which appear
completely normal when they’re inverted.
However, if you flip your screen and view
them right side up, they look … very scary.
The eyes and mouths of the subjects in
the photos have been flipped upside down.
Because our brains aren’t as used to recognizing
facial features when they’re inverted, we perceive
the upside-down photos as being totally normal.
when the photos are changed back to normal,
our brains can notice what’s wrong. Many called
the celebrity photos “horrifying” and “scary”