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The Müller-Lyer illusion seen by the brain: an event-related brain potentials study.
Biol Psychol. 2008 Feb; 77(2):150-8.BP

Abstract

In two experiments, event-related brain potentials (ERPs) were used to examine the neural correlates of a visual illusion effect in Müller-Lyer illusion tasks (illusion stimuli) and baseline tasks (no-illusion stimuli). The behavioral data showed that the illusion stimuli indeed yielded an illusion effect. Scalp ERP analysis revealed its neurophysiological substrate: the Müller-Lyer illusion tasks (Illusion tasks 1-3) elicited a more negative ERP deflection than did the baseline tasks about 400 ms after onset of the stimuli. Dipole source analysis of the difference wave (Illusion task 2-Baseline task 1) and the original waveforms of the different conditions (Illusion tasks 2 and 3 and Baseline task 2) indicated that the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC)/superior frontal cortex may contribute to the illusion effect, possibly in relation to high-level cognitive control. The results indicated that apparent distortions of the Müller-Lyer illusion might be influenced by top-down control.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality (Southwest University), Ministry of Education, Chongqing, China. qiuj318@swu.edu.cnNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17996352

Citation

Qiu, Jiang, et al. "The Müller-Lyer Illusion Seen By the Brain: an Event-related Brain Potentials Study." Biological Psychology, vol. 77, no. 2, 2008, pp. 150-8.
Qiu J, Li H, Zhang Q, et al. The Müller-Lyer illusion seen by the brain: an event-related brain potentials study. Biol Psychol. 2008;77(2):150-8.
Qiu, J., Li, H., Zhang, Q., Liu, Q., & Zhang, F. (2008). The Müller-Lyer illusion seen by the brain: an event-related brain potentials study. Biological Psychology, 77(2), 150-8.
Qiu J, et al. The Müller-Lyer Illusion Seen By the Brain: an Event-related Brain Potentials Study. Biol Psychol. 2008;77(2):150-8. PubMed PMID: 17996352.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The Müller-Lyer illusion seen by the brain: an event-related brain potentials study. AU - Qiu,Jiang, AU - Li,Hong, AU - Zhang,Qinglin, AU - Liu,Qiang, AU - Zhang,Fenghua, Y1 - 2007/10/09/ PY - 2007/05/23/received PY - 2007/08/24/revised PY - 2007/10/05/accepted PY - 2007/11/13/pubmed PY - 2008/5/7/medline PY - 2007/11/13/entrez SP - 150 EP - 8 JF - Biological psychology JO - Biol Psychol VL - 77 IS - 2 N2 - In two experiments, event-related brain potentials (ERPs) were used to examine the neural correlates of a visual illusion effect in Müller-Lyer illusion tasks (illusion stimuli) and baseline tasks (no-illusion stimuli). The behavioral data showed that the illusion stimuli indeed yielded an illusion effect. Scalp ERP analysis revealed its neurophysiological substrate: the Müller-Lyer illusion tasks (Illusion tasks 1-3) elicited a more negative ERP deflection than did the baseline tasks about 400 ms after onset of the stimuli. Dipole source analysis of the difference wave (Illusion task 2-Baseline task 1) and the original waveforms of the different conditions (Illusion tasks 2 and 3 and Baseline task 2) indicated that the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC)/superior frontal cortex may contribute to the illusion effect, possibly in relation to high-level cognitive control. The results indicated that apparent distortions of the Müller-Lyer illusion might be influenced by top-down control. SN - 0301-0511 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17996352/The_Müller_Lyer_illusion_seen_by_the_brain:_an_event_related_brain_potentials_study_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0301-0511(07)00161-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -