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”
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