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If you can spot ALL the women in this optical illusion, then you’re a brainwave – there’s an obvious clue

IF YOU can spot both women in this classic optical illusion, then you have a keener eye than most.

“My wife or mother-in-law” is one of history’s most famous illusions – and researchers believe your age can determine what you see.

The illusion can be seen as two different women, one young and the other old

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The illusion can be seen as two different women, one young and the other oldPhoto credit: Wikimedia Commons

Viewers can see an averted young woman or an older woman with a hooked nose to the left.

If you’re having trouble spotting both, the clue to look for is the young girl’s chin, which doubles as the older woman’s nose.

The oldest version of the illusion first appeared on a German postcard in 1888.

The most famous version seen here was drawn by British cartoonist William Ely Hill and published in American magazine Puck on November 6, 1915.

A 2018 study published by two psychology professors at Flinders University in Australia claimed that every number you see is related to your age.

The study states that older people notice the older woman first, while younger people see the younger figure.

The study included 393 participants (242 males, 141 females) aged 18 to 68 years with a mean age of 32 years.

They were shown the image for half a second and then asked to name the gender and age of the character they first saw.

Most participants saw the younger woman first.

The researchers said this could be because most of the participants lean towards the younger side.

When the researchers separated the oldest 10 percent and the youngest 10 percent of respondents, they found that the older group saw the older woman first.

The younger people, on the other hand, saw the younger figure.

The aim of the study was to determine whether “age bias affects the initial interpretation of an image at an unconscious level”.

Optical illusions are often just a bit of fun, but they also have real value for scientists.

The brain puzzles help researchers shed light on the inner workings of the mind and how it reacts to its environment.

As early as 2017, scientists Kim Ransley and Alex O. Holcombe from the University of Sydney emphasized the importance of illusions in our understanding of the brain.

“Visual illusions show us that we have no direct access to reality,” the couple wrote The conversation.

“They can also provide a glimpse of the mental processing that provides our experience of the visible world.

“In fact, the processing in our brain is the basis for many illusions.

“Rather than providing information from our eyes in near-raw form like a camera would, the brain tries to determine what’s actually out there.

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“When the information coming into the eye is ambiguous, the brain has to make educated guesses.”

It follows the release last week of a spooky illusion that makes viewers feel like they’re falling into a black hole.

In the image on the left, part has been shaded to emphasize the young woman's face, while on the right you can see the old witch

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In the image on the left, part has been shaded to emphasize the young woman’s face, while on the right you can see the old witch
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