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15th March 2018: Dr Clotilde Calabi (Milan) - The experience of motion in the Waterfall Illusion - This seminar has unfortunately been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances

(14 September 2017)

Weekly Research Seminar

This seminar has unfortunately been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances

Title: The experience of motion in the Waterfall Illusion

Abstract:

The Waterfall Illusion occurs when we look at a waterfall or another moving body for an extended period of time and then look at a stationary object. In one traditional description of the experience (Crane 1988, Sorensen 2004), the stationary object appears to move and not to move at the same time – thus the experience has a contradictory content. I reject this description and, following Le Poidevin and other theorists, I contend that this phenomenon is a case of pure motion: the observer has an experience of motion without the observed object appearing to him as being at different places at a different time.

 

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