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Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists: The Size-Weight Illusion is Functional, and It's About Throwing

Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists: The Size-Weight Illusion is Functional, and It's About Throwing | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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As the author says, "It is typically described as a mis-perception of weight. Two objects of the same weight but different sizes are misperceived as being of different weight, with the larger one rated as lighter. People seem unable to perceive weight without taking size into account"

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Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists: illusions

A collection of articles about illusions including the size-weight illusion, the Ames Room and  Vision Science Society's contest for best new illusion.

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Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists: How do we perceive which objects afford throwing the farthest?

Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists: How do we perceive which objects afford throwing the farthest? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Previous work has established that people with throwing experience can perceive the affordance of 'throwability'. If you let these people heft objects with a range of sizes and weights, they will confidently select the one they think they can throw the farthest, and they tend to be correct. It's a very natural task, one you have probably done yourself on a beach or lakeside looking for stones to throw into the water.

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The Size-Weight Illusion is Functional, and It's About Throwing

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I wanted to blog about this new paper, though, because it's an exciting result which deserves all the attention it gets. The result is about the size-weight illusion, one of the most robust illusions around.

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