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The Café Wall illusion (seen on the tiles of a local café) is a Münsterberg chequerboard figure, but with horizontal parallel lines which may have any luminance separating the rows of displaced squares. These (the 'mortar' lines) display marked wedge distortion which is especially affected by: contrast of the squares ('tiles'); width of the 'mortar' lines,… (More)
It has been suggested that there are two separate visual streams in the human cerebral cortex: a ventral pathway that provides perceptual representations of the world and serves as a platform for cognitive operations, and a dorsal pathway that transforms visual information for the control of motor acts. Evidence for this distinction comes from… (More)
Helmholtz (1867) described as "irradiation " the apparently greater size of a white compared with a dark square, or disc or whatever of the same physical size. The illusory size difference is reversed at low contrasts (Weale, 1974). It is also known that rapid increases in brightness gives apparent movement (gamma movement), though there is no agreed… (More)
A simple technique is described for producing large-scale, tritanopic displays. The technique reproduces the various phenomena of vision with equiluminous-colour contrast that have previously been reported with red/green stimuli. It is, however, much less demanding technically, robust against artifacts, and can be used on large-scale scenes. One advantage… (More)
In the triangle-bisection illusion, a dot is inscribed exactly halfway up the height of an equilateral triangle, but it looks apparently far more than halfway up. The illusion is found for second-order triangles defined by stereo depth and by equiluminous texture. It is strongest for equilateral triangles, and even stronger for concave triangles with curved… (More)
'Witch rings' are well-known novelty rings that show a size-change illusion when rotated. We have replicated the illusion of expansion of the reflections in the rings in a variety of contexts with animations, though not as yet so successfully imitated the sense that the whole ring expands and contracts.