Peripheral and central components in variants of the Mueller-Lyer illusion

Joan S. Girgus, Stanley Coren, Leah Horowitz

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Illusion decrement with prolonged inspection was used as a technique to assess the relative amount of central component in seven variants of the Mueller-Lyer illusion. Results indicate that all of the variant forms share a common, central component, while the peripheral components, such as lateral inhibition, vary as a function of the presence of converging lines in the illusion configurations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-160
Number of pages4
JournalPerception & Psychophysics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1973

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Sensory Systems


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