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Experimental Psychology (Russia)

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2072-7593

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Estimation of Line Orientation Depends on the Set of Additional Images 44


Chikhman V.N.
PhD in Engineering, Senior Research Associate, Head of Laboratory of Informational Technologies and Mathematical Modeling, Pavlov Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Science, St.Petersburg, Russia

Bondarko V.M.
Doctor of Biology, Leading Research Associate, Laboratory of physiology of vision, Pavlov Institute of Physiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St.Petersburg, Russia

The orientation of the lines, to which additional inclined lines could adjoin, was estimated. We have found a distortion in estimation of lines orientation by 1—2° (tilt illusion) when additional lines were presented, depending on a set of additional lines. For different observers, in the case of the presence of additional lines with a difference in orientation between the lines of up to 12°, both the effect of attraction (the lines seemed to be turned towards the additional) and the effect of repulsion could be detected. With a larger difference, only the repulsive effect is revealed. The discrepancy in the dependences can be explained by the difference in the visual acuity of observers associated with the size of the smallest receptive fields of striatal cortex neurons

Keywords: lines orientation discrimination, influence of context, tilt illusion, repulsion effect, attraction effect, vision acuity

Column: Psychology of Perception


For Reference


This study was supported by the Program of Fundamental Scientific Research of State Academies for 2013—2020 (GP-14, section 63)


The authors are grateful in conducting the experiments to the employees of the laboratory of information technologies and mathematical modeling

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