Transfer of illusion decrement as a function of perceived similarity

Stanley Coren, Joan S. Girgus

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15 undergraduate Ss scaled varieties of the Muller-Lyer illusion for perceived similarity to the standard Muller-Lyer configuration. 5 variants differing in scaled similarity were pretested for illusion magnitude. All 50 Ss then received practice with the standard configuration during which illusion decrement was obtained. This was followed by a posttest on the initially tested variant. Transfer of decrement was monotonically related to perceived similarity. Data indicate central processing components in the Muller-Lyer illusion. (32 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)881-887
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1974

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


  • perceived similarity of varieties of Mueller-Lyer illusion to standard configuration, transfer of illusion decrement, college students


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