A phantom-motion aftereffect

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Science  02 Dec 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4320, pp. 955-958
DOI: 10.1126/science.929181


Motion aftereffects, typically found to result only from localized retinal stimulation, were obtained within regions of the visual field that had not been stimulated by moving contours. "Phantom" stripes are seen moving through a physically homogeneous (empty) region of the visual field when vertical stripes move above and below that region. Immediately afterward, stationary stripes in the previously empty region appear to move in the opposite direction. This phantom-motion aftereffect provides a novel instance of the way global structure affects processes that have been assumed to be influenced only by simpler local spatial and temporal variables.