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Visual impressions of interactions between objects when the causal object does not move

White, Peter Anthony 2005. Visual impressions of interactions between objects when the causal object does not move. Perception 34 (4) , pp. 491-500. 10.1068/p3263

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Stimuli were presented that consisted of a stationary row of black-bordered white rectangles. As observers watched, each rectangle in turn from left to right changed from white to black. The final rectangle did not change colour but moved off from left to right. The sequential colour change suggested motion from left to right, and observers reliably reported a visual impression that this illusory motion kicked or bumped the last rectangle, thereby making it move. The impression was stronger when the sequential colour change was faster, but was not significantly affected by the number of the rectangles in the row (ranging from 2 to 8). These results support the conclusion that neither contact nor motion of a causal object is necessary for a visual impression of causality to occur.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 20/02/2014).
Publisher: Pion
ISSN: 0301-0066
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:05

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