Perception & Psychophysics

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 244–250 | Cite as

The Rawdon-Smith illusion

  • Walt Jesteadt
  • David M. Green
  • Craig C. Wier


A loudness illusion is described which was originally reported by Rawdon-Smith and Grindley (1935). It is analogous to the Craik-O’Brien-Cornsweet brightness illusion. Procedures are described for generating and measuring the size of the effect, and data are presented showing factors that influence its magnitude. Other examples are discussed that suggest that this effect is a very general phenomenon.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walt Jesteadt
    • 1
  • David M. Green
    • 1
  • Craig C. Wier
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of PsychophysicsHarvard UniversityCambridge

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