Disappearance of Luminous Designs

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Science  26 Apr 1963:
Vol. 140, Issue 3565, pp. 403-404
DOI: 10.1126/science.140.3565.403


When a subject fixates on a luminous design under conditions of low illumination, he experiences a fragmenting disappearance of the figure. This fragmentation occurs in meaningful units and is comparable to the disappearance of images stabilized on the retina. The luminous paint technique offers a new and simple approach to the study of visual perception.