Do You See Marilyn Monroe or Albert Einstein in This Photo? An Amazing Eye Test Based on MIT Research

in Science | April 3rd, 2015

This visual curiosity beats the black/gold dress craze of last month. The video above asks you to look at a photo and decide whether you see Albert Einstein or Marilyn Monroe — two 20th century icons who look pretty much nothing alike. If you say Albert, your eyes are in good shape. If you say Marilyn, it’s apparently time to pay a visit to the optometrist.

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The science discussed here is based on the research of Aude Oliva, who works on Computational Perception and Cognition at MIT.  You can see the original “Marylin Einstein” hybrid image above, which Aude created for the March 31st 2007 issue of New Scientist magazine. More background info on hybrid images can be found on this MIT page. Plus find a gallery of hybrid images here.

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  1. Fred says . . .
    April 4, 2015 / 7:43 am

    With my glasses Albert. Without Marilyn with a big nose and a mustache.

  2. alice says . . .
    April 4, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    You got to be kidding! You must be playing games

    How can any one see Einstein with or without glasses????

  3. Dan Colman says . . .
    April 5, 2015 / 5:35 am

    I would venture to guess that most people see Einstein. Right?
    Cheers
    Dan

  4. jak sketch says . . .
    April 5, 2015 / 11:41 am

    I see black and gold.

  5. Pet says . . .
    April 5, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    You got to be kidding! You must be playing games

    How can any one see Monroe with or without glasses????

  6. Pet says . . .
    April 5, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    PS. Oh, actually I see MM -and only her- in the small grab shot of Openculture on my top sites grid…..

  7. Fred says . . .
    April 6, 2015 / 11:09 am

    @Pet, No really my eyes are bad.

  8. HC says . . .
    May 13, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    I’m seeing Einstein all the way out to 10 feet at the original size on this article. I guess that means my eyes are 20/20 then.

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