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Seeing Double by J Block Richard

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CHAPTER3

LEFT/RIGHT

The next set of figures really represents a subset of ambiguous figures. These differ only to the extent that seeing the two different images in each is largely a matter of focusing on the left or right side of the image, rather than focusing on either side of a shared contour. Most of these figures are quite simple.

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The oldest in the set presented here was drawn by an American psychologist, Joseph Jastrow, in 1888. Focusing on the left, you see a duck, but focusing on the right, you see a rabbit.

Another old image shows the silhouette of a flying bird. If you see it flying to the left, it is a goose, but if it is flying to ...

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