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Field dependence and the role of visual frameworks in the perception of size.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  600666     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The extent to which apparent size is relationally determined has been studied by Rock and Ebenholtz and by Wenderoth, who came to widely differing conclusions as to the magnitude of this phenomenon. In both studies, a large range of individual differences was observed. In the present study, an attempt was made to account for variations in the influence of visual contexts on the perception of size by relating them to the cognitive style dimension of field dependence/independence. In two situations, relativelyfield-dependent observers made size judgments which were influenced by a frame surrounding the target figure, while relatively field-independent observers made size judgments which were influenced by a frame surrounding the target figure, while relatively field-independent observers tended to be less influenced by the frame, making their judgments approximate the retinal size of the target. The results suggest that assessment of the magnitude of the relational determination of apparent size must consider the cognitive style of the observers as well as situational variations.
E Sigman; P K Oltman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perception     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0301-0066     ISO Abbreviation:  Perception     Publication Date:  1977  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1978-03-29     Completed Date:  1978-03-29     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372307     Medline TA:  Perception     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  661-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Field Dependence-Independence*
Size Perception*
Visual Perception*

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