Title

Illusory Contours Can Arise in Dot Figures

Abstract

Frisby and Clatworthy have suggested that subjective contours depend on special contrast effects acting at the tips of lines and at right angles to the lines. Their suggestion depends in part on the absence of such contours in dot figures. However, if the dots are grouped regularly and make a ‘good figure’, strong subjective contours appear, including a pattern comparable to Kanizsa's triangle. The kind of contrast explanation required for these figures would be one in which individual dots create small contrast effects which are only manifest in perception when the effects are grouped together, by Gestalt form indicators, overlap cues, or the like.

Publication Date

4-1978

Journal or Conference Title

Perception

Volume

7, Number 2

Pages

191-194

Publisher

Sage Publications

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1068/p070191

Document Type

Journal Article