The Hierarchy Of Directional Interactions In Visual Motion Processing

Humans can accurately perceive a moving object’s direction. We can also, however, be fooled into miss-perceiving this direction.

If one views upward motion for some 30 seconds and then subsequently looks at motion in a different direction, the latter may be grossly miss-calculated. This illusion is known as the direction after-effect.

We can also be fooled into miss-calculating the directions of two superimposed motions – direction repulsion. These two illusions react similarly to various experimental manipulations, consistent with the same neural structures driving both illusions. We devised a series of experiments demonstrating that the two illusions are driven by different neural structures.

This finding furthers our understanding of the cascade of processes underlying vision.

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