Luminous Figures: Factors Affecting the Reporting of Disappearances

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Science  18 Dec 1964:
Vol. 146, Issue 3651, pp. 1598-1599
DOI: 10.1126/science.146.3651.1598


Subjects fixated luminous figures in darkness and reported the parts, either points or lines, that disappeared. After carefully controlled instructions, almost half of the disappearances were of lines and less than 20 percent were of fixation points, thus refuting the argument that meaningful disappearances are artifacts of the manner of fixation.