The role of typical contours in the encodement of objects in three-dimensional arrays

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Two experiments are reported in which the relationship between the orientation of the typical contour of a lamella in relation to the observer, and the ability of the observer to learn the correct position and orientation of sets of lamellae in three-dimensional arrays, was examined. For lamellae presented with their typical contour in a plane other than the observer's frontoparallel plane, the results of both experiments indicated that participants encoded lamellae in such a way that their typical contour appeared to be closer to the observer's frontoparallel plane than the respective stimulus. The relationship of the present findings to previous results on children's drawings and to the concept of the picture plane are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-294
Number of pages12
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • childrens drawings
  • perspective

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