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The Moon Illusion in Virtual Reality

Schellen, E. (2016) The Moon Illusion in Virtual Reality. Master's Thesis / Essay, Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences.

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Abstract

Despite the moon illusion being one of the oldest and most studied visual illusions, new insights into its workings can yet be obtained using novel virtual reality technology. Using a virtual reality head mounted display to allow subjects to view immersive virtual environments, the present study aims to elucidate on the interaction between vestibular and visual mechanisms which together give rise to the moon illusion. Results show a contribution of depth cue salience similar to that described in the literature, but an effect of head position that runs counter to the one found by Wood, Zinkus & Mountjoy (1968). Additionally, an effect of stimulus size was found on illusion magnitude, indicating a possible mnemonic component of the moon illusion.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:25
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:25
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/14694

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