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Vision and the Visual System$
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Peter H. Schiller and Edward J. Tehovnik

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936533.001.0001

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Visual Illusions

Visual Illusions

(p.269) 14 Visual Illusions
Vision and the Visual System

Peter H. Schiller

Edward J. Tehovnik

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a select set of illusions and curious percepts that have been studied experimentally to reveal the reasons for the visual impressions they create. This chapter has six subsections, each of which deals with a different set of illusory effects. Section A presents some illusions that arise as a result of interactions among juxtaposed stimuli. Section B deals with illusory effects that arise as a result of interactions among successively presented stimuli. Section C discusses illusory effects that occur as a result of depth processing based on perspective. Section D considers illusory effects induced by how the brain distinguishes between figure and ground. Section E describes motion induced figural aftereffects. Section F examines illusory depth effects that arise as a result of shading cues. In section G a summary of the chapter is provided.

Keywords:   illusions, figure ground, juxtaposition, perspective, temporal succession

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