Möbius Band Surprise: A Systematic Illusion in Imagery
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Original versioni-Perception. 2021, 12 (2), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F20416695211004972
When a Möbius loop is cut along the middle of the band, the result is a single connected loop, yet anecdotal evidence from science demonstrations and the use of this effect in magic tricks suggest that most people are thoroughly surprised by this because they strongly believe that the result should be two separate loops. Here, we present results from a behavioral experiment confirming this anecdotal evidence and discuss potential theoretical explanations for why this demonstration evokes strong, but misleading intuitions and a related illusion of impossibility.