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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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The Motion Aftereffect

The Motion Aftereffect

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(p.586) Chapter 82 The Motion Aftereffect
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The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions
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Frans A. J. Verstraten

Peter J. Bex

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794607.003.0082

The aftereffect of motion is one of the oldest known illusions. It refers to the illusory motion of a stationary scene after some time of adaptation to real motion. While it is still unknown whether this adaptation effect has any functional value, it surely has served well as a tool to investigate the functional organization of the visual system. In this chapter some of the classic findings are discussed. More recent work using complex stimuli, attentional modulation, higher order motion, as well as modern neuro-imaging techniques has provided vision scientists with surprising new insights. Discussion of the related concepts of motion perception, motion transparency, and interocular transfer are included.

Keywords:   motion aftereffect, adaptation, motion perception, attentional modulation, motion transparency, second order, interocular transfer

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