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Symmetry is less than meets the eye

Apthorp, Deborah; Bell, Jason


Symmetry is a ubiquitous feature in the visual environment and can be detected by a variety of species, ranging from insects through to humans 1 and 2. Here we show it can also bias estimates of basic scene properties. Mirror (reflective) symmetry can be detected in as little as 50 ms, in both natural and artificial visual scenes, and even when embedded within cluttered backgrounds [1]. In terms of its biological relevance, symmetry is a key determinant in mate selection; the degree of symmetry...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.02.017


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