Sound-induced Flash Illusion
WHAT This is the first visual illusion that is caused by a non-visual cue, namely sound! The illusion is: when a single flash is accompanied with two beeps, the single flash is perceived as two flashes. The illusion is strongest when the flash is in the periphery
but it also works in the fovea.
HOW To see how it works first hand, you can run the movies below. Here is how it works: the eye icon is the fixation point (i.e., where you are supposed to look). The movie on the left is the illusion demo and the one on the right is just there for comparison. In both the left and right hand side movies the visual stimulus is the same–a single flash. In the left-hand-side movie two beeps accompany the flash whereas on the right-hand-side the flash is accompanied with one beep. Since the visual and auditory stimuli are very brief, the flash and/or the beep may be skipped by the video. If so, do not despair ;-), try again.