Ramachandran V S, 1985, "Apparent motion of subjective surfaces" Perception 14(2) 127 – 134
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Apparent motion of subjective surfaces
Vilayanur S Ramachandran
Received 15 June 1985
Abstract. Apparent motion of an illusory surface was produced by presenting two spatially separated illusory squares in an appropriately timed sequence. Control experiments showed that the effect arose from the illusory contours themselves and not from motion of the cut sectors on the discs. When a template of this movie was superimposed on 'wallpaper' composed of a regular matrix of spots, the spots appeared to move with the illusory surface even though they were physically stationary. This effect ('motion capture') suggests that the motion of certain salient features in the visual field gets spontaneously attributed to even static elements in the vicinity.
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