Seeing more than meets the eye: processing of illusory contours in animals

@article{Nieder2002SeeingMT,
  title={Seeing more than meets the eye: processing of illusory contours in animals},
  author={Andreas Nieder},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2002},
  volume={188},
  pages={249-260}
}
This review article illustrates that mammals, birds and insects are able to perceive illusory contours. Illusory contours lack a physical counterpart, but monkeys, cats, owls and bees perceive them as if they were real borders. In all of these species, a neural correlate for such perceptual completion phenomena has been described. The robustness of neuronal responses and the abundance of cells argue that such neurons might indeed represent a neural correlate for illusory contour perception. The… CONTINUE READING
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