[visionlist] immunity from illusions (particularly visual illusions)

Andrei Gorea andrei.gorea at parisdescartes.fr
Mon Feb 13 09:08:27 EST 2017


Richard Gregory tried once (in his own opinion, 
not quite successfully) to classify the illusions 
(Phil.Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B (1997) 352, 
1121-1128; TICS (1997, 1(5) 190-193). It is clear 
that Müller-Lyer is not of the same type as the 
motion after-effect. In fact, what an illusion is 
remains an undecided (philosophical?) question 
(see Michael Morgan, The space between our ears, Oxford UP, 2003).

I do not see how a person who doesn't experience 
the M-L illusion would not experience a MAE. Is 
the latter an "illusion". If yes, then everything 
is, so that "not experiencing anything" is to be blind, deaf, etc.

Andrei


At 14:34 13/02/2017, Tom Freeman wrote:
>As Qaisim says, individual differences in 
>illusions/perceptual biases have been neglected 
>(as IDs in perception have in general).
>
>Grist to the mill: Georgie Powell and I have 
>just published an account of individual 
>differences in two well-known motion illusions, 
>based on differences in certain features of 
>motion priors, as well as differences in motion sensitivity.
>
>http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0956797616665351
>
>Cheers Tom
>
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: visionlist 
>[mailto:visionlist-bounces at visionscience.com] On Behalf Of Michael Herzog
>Sent: 12 February 2017 17:33
>To: Qasim Zaidi <qz at sunyopt.edu>; moorek at arcadia.edu
>Cc: visionlist at visionscience.com
>Subject: Re: [visionlist] immunity from 
>illusions (particularly visual illusions)
>
>Dear All
>We just recently reported that there are few 
>significant correlations between illusion 
>magnitudes: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27919676
>Thus, maybe just an instantiation of variability......
>All the best
>Michael
>
>Qasim Zaidi wrote:
> > There are individual differences, but they have not been much studied
> > until the recent push by Jeremy Willmer at VSS.
> >
> > I had a brilliant undergraduate at Columbia, who went on to be a star
> > grad student at MIT, has done start-ups, been CTO of multiple
> > companies, won an Emmy, etc etc, and he had no simultaneous brightness
> > or color induction, as measured by objective methods (nulling on a
> > 2AFC adaptive staircase).  He was also a meticulous observer in motion
> > experiments, where he saw all kinds of effects.
> >
> > You may want to see what else is different about these students.  I
> > suspect that they will be normal on low level detection and
> > discrimination experiments, but that may still be worth checking.
> >
> > Cheers
> > QZ
> >
> > Qasim Zaidi PhD
> > SUNY Distinguished Professor
> >
> > Graduate Center for Vision Research,
> > State University of New York College of Optometry,
> > 33 West 42nd St, New York, NY  10036.
> > Office: 212-938-5542; Lab: 212-938-5756; Fax: 212-938-5537
> > E-mail: qz at sunyopt.edu <mailto:qz at sunyopt.edu>
> > http://poseidon.sunyopt.edu/Zaidi/index.php
> >
> > *"Dr. Katherine Moore" <moorek at arcadia.edu
> > <mailto:moorek at arcadia.edu>>
> > writes:*
> > Dear vision experts,
> >
> >
> > I was hoping some of you could help me out with something that made me
> > curious all of last semester. Last semester was about the fifth time
> > I've taught Sensation & Perception. Even though my classes are small
> > (less than 25 students), each time I teach this course I have a
> > student or two who is unusual in some sensory way -- just one working
> > eye, synesthesia, no sense of smell, blind, prosopagnosia, etc.
> >
> >
> > This past semester I had two students who did not experience illusions
> > (out of just 10 students!) One of them truly did not experience any of
> > the illusions. Another did not experience the vast majority of them.
> > We mostly did visual illusions, but among the few auditory illusions
> > we did, these students didn't experience them either. I have no reason
> > to think the students were lying about it--they are very sincere people.
> > And they both had trouble with an assignment that required students to
> > view some new illusions, describe what they saw and what was really
> > happening, and explain the illusion. These two students didn't see
> > what the rest of the class saw, and only saw "what was really happening."
> >
> >
> > The illusions spanned the course, which is to say they touched upon
> > many different causes. For example, the Hermann grid variations,
> > including the "disappearing dots" one that went viral this summer/fall
> > were affected, as well as the color constancy and size constancy ones
> > like the checkershadow illusion, Ames room, etc.
> >
> >
> > What do you all know about this, like what the cause could be for this
> > immunity from illusions of many kinds, or individual variation in the
> > experience of illusions?
> >
> >
> > Best,
> > Katherine
> >
> > Katherine S Moore
> > Assistant Professor of Psychology
> > Arcadia University
> > 450 S. Easton Rd
> > Glenside, PA 19038
> > Office: Boyer Hall room 128
> > Phone: (215) 517-2429
> > https://sites.google.com/a/arcadia.edu/amclab/
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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