Ambiguous Figures: A Paradigm for Separation of Superimposed Images

  • Lawrence Stark
Part of the Perspectives in Vision Research book series (PIVR)


How does the brain separate simultaneously viewed images? A number of preattentive, primitive, hardwired visual processes are discussed in other chapters in Part III A. These include stereo viewing, motion as a disambiguating process, accommodation, and vergence. The residual “classical” case can be defined as two clearly viewed superimposed images not in relative motion with respect to one another. Still, the brain can handle this case. Figure-ground separations and cognitive shifts with different interpretations of an ambiguous figure form the paradigm that here concerns us.


Cognitive Model Visual Imagery American Sign Language Ambiguous Figure Necker Cube 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence Stark
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  1. 1.School of OptometryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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