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How to tell circles from ellipses: perceiving the regularity of simple shapes

Zanker, Johannes; Quenzer, T


Human observers achieve a surprising precision in many visual judgements, such as estimating relative position, colinearity and the regularity of shape. We measured the sensitivity in detecting shape deformations by presenting a square simultaneously with a rectangle of variable aspect ratio, or a circle with an ellipsoid. Weber fractions approach 3-5% and improve to approximately 1% when subjects are asked to tell which of the two objects was 'oriented more vertically', instead of identifying...[Show more]

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Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: Naturwissenschaften
DOI: 10.1007/s001140050661


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