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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 Illusions in Action

Visual Illusions in Action

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(p.74) Chapter 5 Visual Illusions in Action
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The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions
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Nicola Bruno

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794607.003.0005

This chapter presents a review of the evidence supporting the notion that motor responses may resist visual illusions. It asks the question of whether actions will be affected by illusions. The review is selective, as dictated by space constraints, and highly critical because the interpretation of the relevant evidence remains controversial. The conclusions underscore the theoretical relevance, as well as the heuristic value, of studies of illusion effects on action responses. At the same time, however, they offer a warning concerning past interpretations of this literature and suggest that the proposed immunity of actions from visual illusions may be much more limited than proposed in earlier accounts.

Keywords:   action, illusions, theoretical relevance, heuristic value, visual illusions

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