Reading between the Lines: How We See Hidden Objects
When an object is partially hidden, the brain deftly reconstructs it as a visual whole
All of which reminds us that a key goal of vision is to detect objects (not merely contours), using any information that happens to be available. Both modal and amodal completion, and the illusions they inspire, derive from this elementary visual imperative
This article was originally published with the title Reading between the Lines.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
VILAYANUR S. RAMACHANDRAN and DIANE ROGERS-RAMACHANDRAN are at the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego. They are on the board of advisers for Scientific American Mind.