September 12, 2007

Ebbinghaus illusion

Complete article was published by Holly Gerhard "One More Look at the Ebbinghaus Illusion on University of California, School of Social Science's site.

Ebbinghaus illusion

The Ebbinghaus illusion has generated a great deal of debate in visuomotor literature, and one of our projects in Dr. Wright's visuomotor behavior lab further evaluates the hypothesized illusion size difference observed between subjective judgments of central disk size and motor interactions with the central disks.

Ebbinghaus Illusion in BlueBrain diagram showing where the two tasks are processed.

In this diagram, the grasping task is represented as mediated by the dorsal processing stream originating in area V1 and feeding into parietal cortex, and the size judgment task is represented as mediated by the ventral processing stream also originating in area V1 but feeding into the temporal lobe.

You may be wondering how it's possible to compare illusion size in these two completely different tasks, and that is a good question.


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