Translating 2D geometric illusions for 3D contexts

Kathleen Castell, Andrew Wodehouse

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Our ability to interpret the world around us through the sense of vision is something we take for granted: our sensory perceptions are treated as facts that are "obviously correct" (Wade and Finger, 2001; Wade and Swanston, 2013), and we assume that others' perceptions are identical to our own. Through the course of our evolution, we developed an appropriate ability to perceive and recognise shapes, patterns, and colour in our environment to identify food, predators, weather and other factors essential to survival. In the present day, our use of vision may be less existentially pressing, but we nevertheless utilise it constantly to assess our situation and to make decisions on how to react accordingly. Given its role in our interpretation of the world around us, the association of vision with knowledge is reflected in the terminology we use: I see is to know, far-sightedness equates to anticipation, to see through something demonstrates perceptive ability and so on.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-35
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2021


  • sensory perception
  • optical illusion
  • 2D optical illusion


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