The wagon wheel illusion in movies and reality.


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

  • 8622999

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