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The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions

Arthur G. Shapiro and Dejan Todorovic


Visual illusions cut across academic divides and popular interests: on the one hand, illusions provide entertainment as curious tricks of the eye; on the other hand, scientific research related to illusory phenomena has given generations of scientists and artists deep insights into the brain and principles of mind and consciousness. Numerous thinkers (including Aristotle, Descartes, Da Vinci, Escher, Goethe, Galileo, Helmholtz, Maxwell, Newton, and Wittgenstein) have been lured by the apparent simplicity of illusions and the promise that illusory phenomena can elucidate the puzzling relationsh ... More

Keywords: visual illusions, color illusions, motion-based illusions, face illusions, geometric illusions, visual perception

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199794607
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794607.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arthur G. Shapiro, editor
Professor of Psychology, American University, Washington, D.C

Dejan Todorovic, editor
Professor of Psychology, Belgrade University, Belgrade, Serbia

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Part I Introductory General Chapters

Chapter 3 Visual Illusion in a Comparative Perspective

Kazuo Fujita, Noriyuki Nakamura, and Sota Watanabe

Chapter 9 Why the Concept of “Visual Illusions” Is Misleading

Dale Purves, William T. Wojtach, and R. Beau Lotto

Part II Geometrical

Chapter 12 The Bar-Cross-Ellipse Illusion

Gideon P. Caplovitz, Alex Boswell, and Kyle Killebrew

Chapter 13 The Spinning Ellipse Speed Illusion

Gideon Paul Caplovitz, Po-Jang Hsieh, Peter J. Kohler, and Katharine B. Porter

Chapter 14 The Ames Window Illusion and Its Variations

Marcel de Heer and Thomas V. Papathomas

Chapter 16 Why Do Hills Look So Steep?

Frank H. Durgin and Zhi Li

Chapter 17 “Shape From Smear”

Roland W. Fleming and Daniel Holtmann-Rice

Chapter 18 Geometric-Optical Illusions Under Isoluminance?

Kai Hamburger, Thorsten Hansen, and Karl R. Gegenfurtner

Chapter 19 The Picture Surface Illusion

Sherief Hammad and John M. Kennedy

Chapter 20 Cast Shadow Illusions

Daniel Kersten and Pascal Mamassian

Chapter 21 The Leaning Tower Illusion

Frederick A. A. Kingdom, Ali Yoonessi, and Elena Gheorghiu

Chapter 22 The Invisible Saddle, or the Cap-or-Cup Illusion

Jan Koenderink, Andrea van Doorn, and Johan Wagemans

Chapter 25 The Pitchroom Illusion

Leonard Matin, Ethel Matin, Wenxun Li, Todd E. Hudson, and Adam Shavit

Chapter 27 Dynamic Illusory Size Contrast

Ryan E. B. Mruczek, Christopher, D. Blair, Lars Strother, and Gideon P. Caplovitz

Chapter 28 Size Contrast and Assimilation in the Delboeuf and Ebbinghaus Illusions

Ryan E. B. Mruczek, Christopher D. Blair, Lars Strother, and Gideon P. Caplovitz

Chapter 31 The New Moon Illusion

Brian Rogers and Stuart Anstis

Part III Brightness/Lightness/Color

Chapter 39 The White Effect

Barbara Blakeslee and Mark E. McCourt

Chapter 40 The Dungeon Illusion

Paola Bressan and Peter Kramer

Chapter 41 The Contrast Contrast Illusion

Charles Chubb, Joshua A. Solomon, and George Sperling

Chapter 42 Illusory Color Spread from Apparent Motion

Carol M. Cicerone and Donald D. Hoffman

Chapter 43 The Reversed Contrast Necker Cube

Alessandra Galmonte and Tiziano Agostini

Chapter 45 The Curved Grid Non-Illusions

János Geier and Mariann Hudák

Chapter 47 The Breathing Light Illusion

Simone Gori, Enrico Giora, and D. Alan Stubbs

Chapter 50 Color Assimilation

Frederick A. A. Kingdom

Chapter 51 When Light Looks Like Paint

Frederick A. A. Kingdom

Chapter 55 Grating Induction

Mark E. McCourt and Barbara Blakeslee

Chapter 58 The Chinese Lantern Illusion

Sergio Roncato, Sandro Bettella, and Clara Casco

Chapter 59 The Wedding Cake Illusion

Branka Spehar and Colin W. G. Clifford

Chapter 61 The Glare Effect

Daniele Zavagno and Olga Daneyko

Part IV Motion Based

Chapter 69 Induced Motion

Jasmin Léveillé and Arash Yazdanbakhsh

Chapter 70 The Freezing Rotation Illusion

Erika N. Lorincz and Max R. Dürsteler

Chapter 71 Second-Order Reversed Phi

Zhong-Lin Lu and George Sperling

Chapter 72 Attention-Generated Apparent Motion

Zhong-Lin Lu and George Sperling

Chapter 75 Color Wagon-Wheel Illusion

Arthur G. Shapiro and William Kistler

Chapter 78 The Motion Standstill Illusion

George Sperling, Son-Hee Lyu, Chia-Huei Tseng, and Zhong-Lin Lu

Chapter 79 Objectless Motion

George Sperling and Zhong-Lin Lu

Chapter 80 Silencing the Awareness of Change

Jordan W. Suchow and George A. Alvarez

Chapter 82 The Motion Aftereffect

Frans A. J. Verstraten and Peter J. Bex

Part V Faces

Chapter 86 The Venus Effect

Marco Bertamini and Richard Latto

Chapter 89 The Bogart Effect

Sharon Gilad-Gutnick, Rohan Varma, and Pawan Sinha

Chapter 90 The Presidential Illusion

Sharon Gilad-Gutnick and Pawan Sinha

Chapter 91 About Face

Peter Thompson

Chapter 93 The Wobbling Face Illusion

Sayako Ueda and Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Part VI Grouping and Organization

Chapter 96 The Scramble Illusion

Charles Chubb, Joseph Darcy, Michael S. Landy, John Econopouly, Jong-Ho Nam, Dan Bindman, and George Sperling

Chapter 100 Two Sinusoids

Jan Kremláček

Chapter 102 The Aperture Capture Illusion

Evan M. Palmer and Philip J. Kellman

Part VII Attention

Part VIII Binocular Vision/Stereopsis

Chapter 106 Stereo Rotation Standstill and Related Illusions

Max R. Dürsteler and Erika N. Lorincz

Part IX Adaptation

Chapter 109 The Color Dove Illusion

Yuval Barkan and Hedva Spitzer

Part X Conflicting Scale or Other Information

Chapter 111 Hybrid Image Illusion

Aude Oliva and Philippe G. Schyns

Chapter 113 Hidden Images

Nicholas J. Wade

Part XI Multisensory

Chapter 115 The McGurk Effect and the Primacy of Multisensory Perception

James W. Dias, Theresa C. Cook, and Lawrence D. Rosenblum

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