The wagon wheel illusion in movies and reality.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Wheels turning in the movies or in other forms of stroboscopic presentation often appear to be rotating backward. Remarkably, a similar illusion is also seen in continuous light. The occurrence of this perception in the absence of intermittent illumination suggests that we normally see motion, as in movies, by processing a series of visual episodes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Purves, D; Paydarfar, JA; Andrews, TJ

Published Date

  • April 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 93 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 3693 - 3697

PubMed ID

  • 8622999

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC39674

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1091-6490

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-8424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1073/pnas.93.8.3693


  • eng