Objective Measure of the Dynamics of a Visual Movement Illusion

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Science  30 May 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3883, pp. 1087-1088
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3883.1087


Apparent movement in peripheral vision can be induced by sequential flashing of two dots that are spatially unresolved. Subjects used this illusion to make forced-choice estimates of the directional sequence of the two dots. Performance at this task defines spatiotemporal conditions that induce the illusion without reliance upon subjective distinctions of "movement" from "successivity" and "simultaneity." The dynamics of the illusion, defined in this way, are measured and compared with those for after-flash inhibition and the perception of real movement.

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