A Neural Model of Illusory Contour Perception

  • Brian Ringer
  • Josef Skrzypek


Illusory contours result from occlusion by a surface whose border is not defined by a continuous discontinuity in any image attribute. Available explanations assume that contrast information on both sides of a gap is sufficient to complete an illusory contour. Using a computer simulation we evaluated this hypothesis by making explicit physiological and psychophysical constraints. Our results indicate that a solution to illusory contour perception may lie with a recurrent network which integrates information about visual surfaces with available contour information.


Receptive Field Illusory Contour Contour Feature Line Termination Surface Neuron 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Ringer
    • 1
  • Josef Skrzypek
    • 1
  1. 1.Machine Perception Laboratory, Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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