This optical illusion, considered to be one of the oldest, can be interpreted in different ways. According to one study, what you see depends on your age.
With this optical illusion, known as 'My Wife and my Mother-In-Law,' you can discern two distinct images. First, you may feel like you are seeing a young woman with her head turned and looking away, or an old lady with sharp features and looking to the left. It first appeared on a German postcard in 1888, and then was adapted by a British cartoonist for a humour magazine in 1915.
Age of the viewer determines what they see
According to a study published by Scientific Reports and conducted by two Australian psychologists, young people tend to see a young woman, and older people are more likely, at first sight, to see an old lady. A test was conducted on 393 people, mostly men (141 women and 242 men), all between the ages of 18 and 68. By showing them the image for only half a second, the panel's mission was to determine the age and sex of the person present on this optical illusion.
The results confirmed this hypothesis... All individuals considered to be young distinguished a woman from their age group, unlike older people, who were more oriented towards the distinction of anold woman.
The purpose of this study is simple: to determine whether ‘age-related prejudices affect the initial interpretation of an image at a subconscious level.’ Thanks to this rather conclusive test, the creators of this analysis have succeeded in giving a conclusion to this phenomenon: ‘Although facial perception depends on neural processes, it is also conditioned by social processes.’
So, what about you? Do you see a young woman or old lady at first?