The Judd illusion: evidence for two visual streams or two experimental conditions?

M Mon-Williams, R Bull

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Abstract

In the Judd illusion, observers inaccurately bisect the shaft located between two arrowheads pointing in the same direction. The magnitude of error is greater when verbal judgements are compared to action based responses (reaching out and grasping the centre of the bar). This difference has been attributed to the presence of two visual streams within cortical processing. In contrast, we provide evidence that the improved accuracy in the reaching condition may be due to occlusion of the illusory background during the transport phase of the movement. We suggest that caution is required when interpreting performance differences between two conditions that are not strictly equivalent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-276
Number of pages4
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Volume130
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2000

Keywords

  • prehension
  • visual pathways
  • illusions
  • human
  • motor control
  • DISSOCIATION
  • INFORMATION
  • PERCEPTION
  • POSITION

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