Perceiving the Present: Systematization of Illusions or Illusion of Systematization?

Cognitive Science 34 (8):1530-1542 (2010)
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Abstract

Mark Changizi et al. (2008) claim that it is possible systematically to organize more than 50 kinds of illusions in a 7 × 4 matrix of 28 classes. This systematization, they further maintain, can be explained by the operation of a single visual processing latency correction mechanism that they call “perceiving the present” (PTP). This brief report raises some concerns about the way a number of illusions are classified by the proposed systematization. It also poses two general problems—one empirical and one conceptual—for the PTP approach.

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Robert Briscoe
Ohio University

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