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Local versus global perception of ambiguous motion displays.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21415227     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Four pairs of spots rotating around their common centers, each pair a "doublet", were arranged in a square formation. The doublets initially appear to rotate "locally", but then coalesce into two large squares that slide over each other along circular paths ("global" motion). This perceptual transition from local to global motion occurred within and across a series of repeat trials (Experiment 1). Doublet members set close or far apart promoted local or global motion respectively. Increasing the number of spots within a group from two to three or four made the motion look more local. Spots of the same luminance polarity against a gray background tended to move together (Experiment 2); and when replaced by short black lines of different orientations, lines of the same orientation tended to move together, favoring rigid rather than shearing motions (Experiment 3). The perceived trajectories of spots tended to follow static circles or dynamic contours painted on the screen (Experiment 4). These findings suggest the visual system parsimoniously attempts to group the maximum number of moving spots into the minimum number of groups.
Stuart Anstis; Juno Kim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2011-03-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of vision     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1534-7362     ISO Abbreviation:  J Vis     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-18     Completed Date:  2011-07-26     Revised Date:  2013-01-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101147197     Medline TA:  J Vis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0109, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Form Perception / physiology
Motion Perception / physiology*
Photic Stimulation / methods*
Visual Perception / physiology*

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