A role of 3-D surface-from-motion cues in motion-induced blindness

Orna Rosenthal, Martin Davies, Anne M.Aimola Davies, Glyn W. Humphreys

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Motion-induced blindness (MIB), the illusory disappearance of local targets against a moving mask, has been attributed to both low-level stimulus-based effects and high-level processes, involving selection between local and more global stimulus contexts. Prior work shows that MIB is modulated by binocular disparity-based depth-ordering cues. We assessed whether the depth effect is specific to disparity by studying how monocular 3-D surface from motion affects MIB. Monocular kinetic depth cues were used to create a global 3-D hourglass with concave and convex surfaces. MIB increased for stationary targets on the convex relative to the concave area, extending the role of 3-D cues. Interestingly, this convexity effect was limited to the left visual field-replicating spatial anisotropies in MIB. The data indicate a causal role of general 3-D surface coding in MIB, consistent with MIB being affected by high-level, visual representations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1353-1361
Number of pages9
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Attention
  • Consciousness
  • Depth
  • Global object processing
  • Motion-induced blindness
  • Perceptual rivalry

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