The Viewing-from-Above Bias and the Silhouette Illusion
- Nikolaus F Troje¶⇑
- Matthew McAdam⇑
The silhouette illusion published online a number of years ago by the Japanese Flash designer Nobuyuki Kayahara has received substantial attention from the online community. One feature that seems to make it interesting is an apparent rotational bias: Observers see it spinning more often clockwise than counter-clockwise. Here, we show that this rotational bias is in fact due to the visual system's preference for viewpoints from above rather than from below.
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- Received September 9, 2010.
- Revision received November 13, 2010.
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