Perceptual illusions

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Perceptual illusions arise when our conscious experience of the world is systematically at odds with reality. These illusions are similar across people and stable over time, persisting even once we know that they are mistakes. Illusions have long-fascinated philosophers and scientists for what they can reveal about the nature and workings of perception. This article surveys some broad ‘classes’ of illusions, contextualised in terms of the mechanisms and principles of perception that they illustrate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
EditorsSergio Della Sala
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Jul 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • audition
  • cognitive illusion
  • embodiment
  • multisensory integration
  • physical illusions
  • physiological illusions
  • predictive processing
  • sensation
  • touch
  • vision


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