Bressan P, Vallortigara G, 1986, "Multiple 3-D interpretations in a classic stereokinetic effect" Perception 15(4) 405 – 408
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Multiple 3-D interpretations in a classic stereokinetic effect
Paola Bressan, Giorgio Vallortigara
Received 13 February 1986
Abstract. It is known that a flat ellipse rotating in the frontoparallel plane sooner or later appears as a rigid circular disc tilting in 3-D space. An experiment is reported in which prolonged exposure to the same flat pattern produces a second previously unnoticed 3-D percept: an elongated egg slanted in 3-D space, which points towards the observer and the end parts of which describe a circular trajectory in the frontal plane. It is shown that the achievement of this alternative percept is not affected by the particular shape of the ellipse, although the time needed to reach it increases with an ellipse with a 2:3 axis ratio.
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