Superstitious Perceptions

Liza Morton, Philippe Schyns, Frederic Gosselin*, Lizann Bonnar

*Corresponding author for this work

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It has long been observed that we sometime perceive complex scenes in blots, rocks, or clouds, but the phenomenon has attracted little scientific attention. We propose that a weak–or superstitious–match between a memory template and a sparse stimulus is responsible for such perceptions. We provide reverse-correlation evidence for this theory.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2001
Event23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Aug 20011 Aug 2001


Conference23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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