Ehrenstein illusion

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The Ehrenstein illusion is an optical illusion studied by the German psychologist Walter Ehrenstein (de) (1899 – 1961) in which the sides of a square placed inside a pattern of concentric circles take an apparent curved shape (Figure 1).[1][2]

Sometimes the name "Ehrenstein" is associated with one of the illusory contour figures (Figure 2).[3][4][5] The ends of the dark segments produce the illusion of circles. The apparent figures have the same color as the background, but appear brighter. A similar effect is obtained in the Kanizsa triangle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ A catalogue of illusions at Ritsumeikan University
  2. ^ W. Ehrenstein (1925). "Versuche über die Beziehungen zwischen Bewegungs- und Gestaltwahrnehmung" [Experiments on the Relationships Between the Perception of Motion and of Gestalt]. Zeitschrift für Psychologie 96: 305—352. 
  3. ^ Ehrenstein illusion at Scholarpedia
  4. ^ W. Ehrenstein (1941). "Über Abwandlungen der L. Hermannschen Helligkeitserscheinung". Zeitschrift für Psychologie 150: 83—91. 
  5. ^ W. Ehrenstein (1954). Probleme der ganzheitspsychologischen Wahrnehmungslehre. Leipzig: Barth.