The Spiral After-Effect

The Spiral After-Effect

International Series of Monographs in Experimental Psychology, Volume 2

1st Edition - October 22, 2013

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  • Author: Harry C. Holland

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The Spiral After-Effect discusses the spiral after-effect of apparent movement. It aims to bring a body of research literature into some compact form for the convenience of students and clinicians in particular, and experimentalists in general. It seeks to outline the main areas of interest in the study of this intriguing illusion and to examine the influence of selected psychophysical, program, and subject factors on its incidence and duration. It also provides a few suggestions for future research. The book begins with an introduction and historical review of studies on the after-effect of apparent movement. Separate chapters then cover stimulus variables and their influence on the incidence and duration of the after-effect; program variables relevant to the incidence and duration of the illusion; the influence of selected observer variables on the incidence and duration of the after-effect; and theoretical explanations of the after-effect. The appendix provides an abstract of the main experiments, findings, and conclusions of the pre-eminent figure in the field of motion aftereffects Dr. G. A. Wohlgemuth who, working between 1905 and 1909, brought together the existing literature up to the period and summarized what was largely nineteenth-century work.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword



    Chapter 1. Introduction and Historical Review of Studies Investigating or Using the Illusion

    Chapter 2. A Brief Outline of Selected Stimulus Variables and their Influence on the Incidence and Duration of the After-Effect

    Chapter 3. An Outline of some of the Program Variables Relevant to the Incidence and Duration of the Illusion

    Chapter 4. An Outline of the Influence of Selected Observer Variables on the Incidence and Duration of the After-Effect

    Chapter 5. Scoring the Illusion

    Chapter 6. Some Theoretical Explanations of the After-Effect

    Chapter 7. Summary

    Chapter 8. Some Suggestions for Future Research

    Appendix 1. An Abstract of Wohlgemuth's Major Findings and Conclusions Concerning His Own and Earlier Work

    Appendix 2. An Annotated Bibliography of the Major Works and Findings since 1914

    Appendix 3. Reproductions of Some Useful Spirals



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  • No. of pages: 140
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1965
  • Published: October 22, 2013
  • Imprint: Pergamon

About the Author

Harry C. Holland

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H. J. Eysenck

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