Irrelevance of figural identity for resolving ambiguities in apparent motion

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To examine the degree to which form perception affects the formation of apparent-motion experience, 26 undergraduates were presented with 9 ambiguous apparent-motion situations, where the elements of each single flash were various figures. One of the interpretations of each situation preserved the figural identity of the figure across flashes. It was found that figural identity did not have any effect on determining the type of motion experienced, except when the figural analysis involved was relatively simple. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-138
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1976


  • form perception, formation of apparent motion experience, college students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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