Dissociation of color and figure-ground effects in the watercolor illusion.

@article{Heydt2006DissociationOC,
  title={Dissociation of color and figure-ground effects in the watercolor illusion.},
  author={R{\"u}diger von der Heydt and Rachel Pierson},
  journal={Spatial vision},
  year={2006},
  volume={19 2-4},
  pages={323-40}
}
Two phenomena can be observed in the watercolor illusion: illusory color spreading and figure-ground organization. We performed experiments to determine whether the figure-ground effect is a consequence of the color illusion or due to an independent mechanism. Subjects were tested with displays consisting of six adjacent compartments--three that generated the illusion alternating with three that served for comparison. In a first set of experiments, the illusory color was measured by finding the… CONTINUE READING

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