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The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions$
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Arthur G. Shapiro and Dejan Todorovic

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794607

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794607.001.0001

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Visual Illusion in a Comparative Perspective

Visual Illusion in a Comparative Perspective

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(p.54) Chapter 3 Visual Illusion in a Comparative Perspective
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The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions
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Kazuo Fujita

Noriyuki Nakamura

Sota Watanabe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794607.003.0003

Visual illusions in nonhuman animals are not only an intriguing topic in themselves but also an important question to understand regarding how humans’ perceptual systems have developed through evolution, why they work as they do, and what mechanisms such illusory processes are based on. Furthermore, the effects of early experience on illusory perception can be understood by controlling raising environments of nonhumans. This chapter presents a brief review of the literature then looks at more recent systematic analyses mainly focused on pigeons. Although pigeons are susceptible to various illusions, they perceive some of the illusory figures distorted in the direction opposite to humans. Perceptual systems in pigeons are likely to be adaptive to the way they live in their environment. The chapter presents a view of human perceptual functions situated in the animal kingdom.

Keywords:   evolution, nonhuman animals, pigeons, illusions, illusory processes

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