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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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Silencing the Awareness of Change

Silencing the Awareness of Change

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(p.577) Chapter 80 Silencing the Awareness of Change
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The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions
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Jordan W. Suchow

George A. Alvarez

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794607.003.0080

Determining whether an object is changing is usually a simple matter of looking at it. But sometimes looking is not enough. For example, in the case of change blindness, drastic changes to a viewed scene become undetectable either because of a distracting flash that competes for attention or because the changes are slow and gradual. In silencing, a form of change blindness caused by the presence of motion, rapid and salient changes become hard to notice even without distraction This chapter describes the illusion of silencing. The strength of silencing depends on the speed of the motion, the structure of the objects, and whether the viewers move their eyes. The related concepts of awareness, consciousness, color perception, change blindness, attention, and motion processing are covered. The brief glimpse hypothesis and its limitations are also explored.

Keywords:   vision, illusion, motion processing, color perception, change blindness, attention, awareness, consciousness, silencing, change

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