Motion from occlusion

Stephen A. Engel, David A. Remus, Rajiv Sainath

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Vision uses specific image features or cues to infer physical properties of the world. Here, we use a novel illusion to show that occlusion, traditionally thought of as a cue to depth, is also a powerful cue to motion. A display of stacking disks that contains only occlusion as a cue to depth generates a vivid sense of movement that is likely computed in early or middle levels of visual processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9
Pages (from-to)649-652
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of vision
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 10 2006


  • Depth perception
  • Illusion
  • Illusory motion
  • Third-order motion

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