The Perception of Illusory Contours

  • Susan Petry
  • Glenn E. Meyer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introductory and Historical Material

  3. Theoretical Analyses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Gian Franco Minguzzi
      Pages 71-75
    3. Theodore E. Parks
      Pages 76-80
    4. Richard L. Gregory
      Pages 81-89
  4. Physiologically Based Analyses and Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. V. S. Ramachandran
      Pages 93-108
    3. Stephen Grossberg, Ennio Mingolla
      Pages 116-125
    4. Marco Sambin
      Pages 131-142
  5. Brightness and Spatial Factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Philip J. Kellman, Martha G. Loukides
      Pages 151-164
    3. Charles M. M. de Weert, Noud A. W. H. van Kruysbergen
      Pages 165-170
    4. Joel S. Warm, William N. Dember, Robert A. Padich, John Beckner, Scott Jones
      Pages 176-182
  6. Time, Motion, and Reaction Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Susan Petry, Robert Gannon
      Pages 193-200
    3. Drake R. Bradley
      Pages 201-212
    4. William M. Maguire, James M. Brown
      Pages 213-219
  7. Illusory-Contour Appearance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Stanley Coren, Clare Porac, Leonard H. Theodor
      Pages 237-245
    3. Walter Gerbino, Gaetano Kanizsa
      Pages 246-252
    4. John M. Kennedy
      Pages 253-261
    5. Angus Gellatly, Melanie Bishop
      Pages 262-267
    6. Barbara Gillam
      Pages 268-273
    7. Nicholas Wade
      Pages 274-294
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 295-320

About this book


The Perception of Illusory Contours is a complete and comprehensive volume on one of the most important phenomena in modern perception research. An illusory contour is a demonstration in which people perceive edges, surfaces, objects and colors that have no physical reality. The international group of distinguished researchers which comprise the contributors to the volume present new theoretical interpretations and data in addition to reviewing the extensive literature on this topic. The volume begins with an introduction to the research on and theories behind illusory contours and their applications to other areas of perception, cognitive science and art. The collection also features English language translations of the seminal papers by Schumann, Ehrenstein, and Kanizsa, the scientists who originally discovered and investigated the phenomenon. The Perception of Illusory Contours contains the most comprehensive set of illusory contour figures ever assembled. The volume is a most significant reference work in an area of research at the critical intersection of perception, cognitive science, visual neurophysiology, and artificial intelligence.


Action Perception artificial intelligence cognitive science intelligence language neurophysiology physiology transparency

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan Petry
    • 1
  • Glenn E. Meyer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyLewis and Clark CollegePortlandUSA

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