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This Artist’s Image Is Being Used As A Stress Test. But He Says It’s Fake.

“Can I have a month off work now.”

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This optical illusion has gone viral for claiming to be able to tell how stressed the person looking at the photo is.

The photo has gone viral with a caption that claims it was created by a Japanese neurology professor named Yamamoto who said that the faster the image goes, the more stressed you are.

The illustration was created by Yurii Perepadia, a 50-year-old graphic designer and illustrator from Ukraine who told BuzzFeed News that everything written in the caption is a lie.

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Perepadia told BuzzFeed News that he has seen the viral posts and has asked the posters to take down the images due to copyright infringement.

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While the illusion does appear to move, it cannot tell you anything about your wellbeing.

it’s moving so much for me i thought it was a video 🤦🏽‍♀️ https://t.co/ugSJ4aGV9X

Naturally, some people believed it.

Over stressed and have mental problems, sounds about right that https://t.co/c3TSIkF9SA

And others have considered using the illustration as an excuse to get out of work.

Do u think I’ll be able to show my boss this today in proof that I’m absolutely shattered https://t.co/sIlMbgufCX

It’s moving continuously can I have a month off work now https://t.co/l9sEFES3SD

Ikran is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Ikran Dahir at ikran.dahir@buzzfeed.com.

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