Differentiation and decrement in the Mueller-Lyer illusion

Stanley Coren, Joan S. Girgus

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Two experiments were conducted to test the hypothesis that decrement of the Mueller-Lyer illusion with inspection is due to learning to differentiate the test element from the accessory lines. In one experiment, the test element is predifferentiated for the observer by means of configurational variations and in the other by restriction of attention. Although the initial magnitude of the illusion is found to be inversely proportional to the amount of predifferentiation, the slopes of the decrement curves are not affected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)466-470
Number of pages5
JournalPerception & Psychophysics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1972

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems
  • General Psychology


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