No, this moving image was not created by a Japanese neurologist to check stress levels
Multiple social media posts that have been shared hundreds of thousands of times in different languages since November 2018 contain an image they claim was created by a Japanese neurologist to check a person’s level of stress. The image is an actually an optical illusion made by a graphic designer from Ukraine that he posted online in 2016.
This version on Facebook was shared about 180,000 times in the first six weeks after being published on November 22, 2018.
Below is a screenshot of the Facebook post:
Here is a similar version on Twitter and below is its screenshot.
The posts claim this image was created by a Japanese neurologist to test a person’s level of stress: if one is calm, it will not move, if one is stressed, it will move a bit. But if one is very stressed, that person will see it moving like a carousel.
A reverse search traces the image, however, to this photo on Shutterstock, a stock photography company.
The image in the Shutterstock website was posted under the account named “Guten Tag Vector”. AFP checked the profile of the account, where Guten Tag Vector’s Twitter account and email address were posted.
A search of the Twitter ID he posted, @yurrey_p, revealed his name and background: Yurii Perepadia, a graphic designer from Ukraine.
AFP found him also on Facebook and asked him about the image.
“This image is one of the best selling. Make it was not very hard. At that time I already had experience working with Adobe Illustrator”, he told AFP via Facebook messenger on January 10.
Perepadia told AFP he created it in 2016. Several posts confirm the image did go online that year.
Below is a tweet of the image time-stamped September 26, 2016:
Here is another 2016 post of the image on depositphotos.com,a commercial platform for photographers, illustrators, graphic designers and their clients.
EDIT 14 January 2019 updates Google Claim Review info