The thing is, there's not a single red pixel in this entire photo — and it's totally blowing our minds.
This beyond-baffling image was created by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, PhD, a psychologist and professor at Ritsumeikan University in Japan. And according to the scientists of the Twittersphere, it's a prime example of a phenomenon called "color constancy."
The way New York Magazine's Science of Us explains it, our brains are designed to color-correct everything we look at, whether we're sitting in a room with bright fluorescent lighting, walking around outside on a sunny day, or hanging out in a windowless room with nothing but an almost-dead lightbulb. So when we look at Dr. Kitaoka's image, our brain adjusts what we see to show us red berries — even though the image is only made up of gray and green pixels. That's right — gray and green.
Still don't believe us? Compare the image with the color swatches below for further proof.
@social_brains I isolated a few of the colors that appear most "red" in the strawberries and put them on the white background to the right. pic.twitter.com/GJJ9PJqNxt— Carson Mell (@carsonmell) February 28, 2017
Whoa. Consider our (color-correcting) minds blown.
[h/t Science of Us]