Greist-Bousquet S, Schiffman H R, 1985, "Poggendorff and Müller-Lyer illusions: common effects" Perception 14(4) 427 – 447
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Poggendorff and Müller-Lyer illusions: common effects
Suzanne Greist-Bousquet, Harvey R Schiffman
Received 15 March 1984, in revised form 12 September 1984
Abstract. Previous investigations have shown that the magnitude of the Müller-Lyer illusion is a function of the linear and angular dimensions of the figure. If the Müller-Lyer and Poggendorff illusions share a common basis, then the magnitude of the Poggendorff illusion should similarly be a function of the analogous configural dimensions. A study is reported in which changes were made in the dimensions of the Poggendorff figure that are analogous to the dimensions of the Muller-Lyer figure: (i) the length of the parallel components (analogous to the wings of the Müller-Lyer figure); (ii) the length of the intertransversal extent (analogous to Müller-Lyer shaft length); and (iii) the angle formed between the parallel components and the intertransversal extent (analogous to the angle of wing attachment in the Müller-Lyer figure). The relationship between the magnitude of the illusion and the dimensions of the Poggendorff figure was found to be generally in line with previous findings relating to the Müller-Lyer illusion. Adaptation-level theory and the positive-context model accommodate the major findings of the present study.
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