Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics

, Volume 76, Issue 6, pp 1505–1509 | Cite as

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Past determines present in number space

Cicchini, G. M., Anobile, G., & Burr, D. C. (2014). Compressive mapping of number to space reflects dynamic encoding mechanisms, not static logarithmic transform. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 7867–7872. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1402785111

This year looks like it could be a good one for history effects in visual cognition. Past perception is increasingly found to have a large effect on perception in the present. Such history dependence, which is well studied in many paradigms, has been infiltrating fields such as orientation discrimination (Fischer & Whitney, 2014), perception of ambiguous stimuli (Brascamp et al., 2008), and visual crowding (Kristjánsson et al., 2013), to name a few examples. These findings indicate that our representations of the visual world appear to be dynamic, strongly affected by the previous history of stimulation. Might we see Harry Helson’s classic book on adaptation-level theory...

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