Mind Games

Is it real or just an illusion? Can your eyes really “play tricks” on you? Challenge the fine line between perception and reality as you explore a world of mind-blowing optical illusions in Mind Games. You won’t believe your eyes!

Cool Stuff

Science Museum Oklahoma’s amazingly talented Exhibits Team and Funnel Design Group, an Addy award-winning, Oklahoma City-based branding and design firm, worked closely together to design, create and build Mind Games.

Multi-talented artist, Bunky Echo-Hawk, a Native American artist and Oklahoman, created a one-of-a-kind exhibit for Mind Games. He is the co-founder of NVision, a non-profit collective of Native American artists, musicians, community organizers and non-profit professionals who focus on Native American youth empowerment through multimedia arts. In 2010, Nike signed him to design for their N7 line.

What you'll learn

The human brain depends on the five senses: sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing, to understand the world. The eyes gather information about what is seen and sends it to the brain for processing, but what happens when the eyes see and the brain perceives conflicting information? As the brain tries to make sense of what it deems illogical, the result is an optical illusion.

There are actually three main types of optical illusions: literal optical illusions create images that differ from the objects that make them, physiological illusions that result when the eyes and brain receive excessive stimulation from of brightness, color, size, position, tilt and movement and cognitive illusions where the eyes “fill in” missing or incomplete data, called unconscious inferences.

Optical illusions are tricky and can appear to be moving, shifting and shaking, even though you know better. While optical illusions can fascinate and invigorate, some people find the images unsettling due to the disconnect between reality and perception. 


Did you know

Dutch artist M.C. Escher utilized a number of mathematical concepts in his drawings, including Euclidean geometry, hyperbolic geometry and tessellations of the plane, despite having no formal mathematical knowledge or a high school diploma.