Mach effect (diagram)

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking




Diagrams illustrating the Mach effect. The 3rd image has the boxes separated, which removes the effect.

Case Discussion

The Mach effect is an optical illusion, due to retinal lateral inhibition, which causes edges of darker objects adjacent to lighter objects to appear lighter then they truely are and vice versa thereby creating a false shadow, which may mimic injury or disease.

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Case information

rID: 56225
Published: 19th Oct 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded