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Perception & Psychophysics

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 179–184 | Cite as

Susceptibility to geometrical illusions according to culture and professional training

  • Gustav Jahoda
  • Barrie Stacey
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Abstract

This paper reports a cross-cultural investigation of susceptibility to geometrical illusions based upon student samples in Ghana and Scotland. The results indicate that: (1)cultural differences in susceptibility to illusions can be found among Ss exposed to lengthy formal education of a similar type; (2) the perceptual consequences of professional training in art and architecture tend to be moderate within a culture; but (3) the combined outcome of training across cultures tends to reduce cultural differences in susceptibility to illusions. They also raise a problem concerning the supposed positive relationship between field dependence and susceptibility to illusions. Some implications of these results are considered.

Keywords

Professional Training Visual Illusion Poggendorff Illusion Illusion Magnitude Illusion Effect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gustav Jahoda
    • 1
  • Barrie Stacey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgowScotland

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