Bump out or indented

Does the hexagon in the middle look bumped out or indented?

  • Bumping out and my first language is traditionally written from left to right
  • Bumping out and my first language is traditionally written from right to left
  • Indented and my first language is traditionally written from left to right
  • Indented and my first language is traditionally written from right to left
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I chose “indented”, but by that I mean with respect to the outer six hexagons. I really see it as just the background plane, i.e., there are six hexagons around the outside and nothing in the middle.


I saw this guy who claims that how you see the center as a bump of indentation reflects how your brain was wired when you first learned how to write, I just wanted to see if that is true. I mean… it seems like it might be a thing.

Here is my spanner :wrench:

I sort of strobe between the two, but I’m dyslexic ( I hate trying to spell that word). I have a slight visual distortion, but I’m hyper sensitive to colours.

I don’t expect that choice to be there :wink:

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I can strobe between the two looking at the concave example at the bottom right.


You mean it depends on whether you consider the light source to be on the left or right?

I can see it now as the other version (with the middle bumping out and the outer hexagons indented) if I think about the light source being on the right, but it’s difficult to maintain.

The two hexagons at the bottom are a bit confusing too, because for those the light source is on the right. It doesn’t help that they’re in a different orientation to the main hexagons either.

I was a bit confused with them as they are both concave and convex, I thought that was going to be the real test to see if it was the word association that tricked you to seeing it as per the word

Don’t the red lines force you to see those two hexagons in the way written? They do for me.

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No as the red lines can go in or out too they just follow what ever shape, I just opened it on my phone so I could turn it upside down, they still change but then it gets freaky when I rotate it back and forth.

The best way I can describe it is as a button sticking out of the floor and one sticking out of the ceiling. Then becoming a hole in the floor and a hole in the ceiling, if that makes any sense to you.

What I mean is that the positive gradient, straight bit, then negative gradient in the 2D depiction of the “convex” shape seems to force the central region to be perceived as sticking out of the plane (i.e., closer to the viewer) when interpreted as a 3D object, and vice versa for the “concave” shape. I think perceiving the central region of the “convex” shape as going into the plane would cause a discrepancy between how the line is interpreted and how the hexagon is interpreted (i.e., they’d have to be interpreted as being viewed from different angles to make sense). At least to me…

If you start to refer to me as Subject A you sound just like the bloke who did research on my visual perception :wink:

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I can see either way, so I don’t know how to reply to your poll.


Should’ve had an ‘I SEE EVERYTHING’ option

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The examples don’t help me at all as they look like they are both bumping out but either leaning towards or away from me.

If I look at the picture normally, it’s indented, but if i turn my phone the other way, it bumps out


I would assume the lighting that’s present in the room has some effect at a subconscious level as well. :man_shrugging:

I briefly thought I’d be able to do that with these, but I can’t seem to do it–at least not right now.

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I can switch between them but with minor difficulty.