Sara E Wetter
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Motion Induced Blindness (MIB) is a phenomenon of visual disappearance or perceptual illusions observed in the lab, in which stationary visual stimuli, or targets, disappear as if erased in front of an observer's eyes when masked with a moving background. The current study sought to investigate this optical illusion by investigating two competing theories of motion induced blindness – attention (target blindness is due to a lack of attention) vs scotoma / perceptual filling-in (target blindness is due to the visual system misinterpreting the target as a damaged part of the retina [scotoma] and the area is perceptually filled-in with the surround). Results on attention theory revealed less motion-induced blindness, contrary to past research. Scotoma / perceptual filling-in theory did not appear to have an effect on motion-induced blindness. Results will be discussed further and possible explanations for findings will be discussed.
Independent Research - Graduate
Greg C. Elvers
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project
"Motion-Induced Blindness: Where Does the Yellow Dot Go?" (2017). Stander Symposium Projects. 1089.