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The incomplete angler: effects created by visual omission

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For more content, see Multisensory Research and Seeing and Perceiving.

The Fisherman, a picture painted by Jean-Louis Forain, demonstrates an interesting interaction between low and high level perceptual processing. The isolation and tranquillity of the fisherman in the picture are enhanced by the absence of his reflection, yet perceivers are rarely aware of the omission.

Affiliations: 1: Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition, University of Durham, South Road, Durham, DH1 3LE, England, UK


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