Cultural Differences in the Perception of Geometric Illusions

Science  22 Feb 1963:
Vol. 139, Issue 3556, pp. 769-771
DOI: 10.1126/science.139.3556.769


Data from 15 societies are presented showing substantial intersocietal differences of two types in susceptibility to geometric optical illusions. The pattern of response differences suggests the existence of different habits of perceptual inference which relate to cultural and ecological factors in the visual environment.