On two distinct and quintessential kinds of pictorial representation

  • Jan B. Deregowski
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


The purpose of this paper is to examine data from two entirely separate academic traditions and to consider whether such combined pool of data offers an opportunity for an expiscation of better understanding of the ancient problem of pictorial perception. The traditions in question are those concerned with the development of pictorial representation through history, they are usually the province of the disciplines of Archeology and History of Art and I shall call them “historical”, and those concerned with the contemporaneous comparisons of perception and execution of pictures in several societies, either by deliberate design or by tacit assumption; these are usually the concern of Psychology and to a lesser extent of Anthropology. Such an examination is also likely to reveal lacunae in these data and therefore show what further work would be profitable.


Linear Perspective Ponzo Illusion Pictorial Perception Geometric Illusion Pictorial Depth 
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