We describe a compelling motion illusion elicited by a huge billboard placed along a street, depicting a building that contains strong perspective cues. When observers move fast along the opposite sidewalk, they perceive the depicted building as rotating in their direction of travel. This is a special case of the 'following', or 'pointing out of the picture', illusion that elicits a strong illusory motion percept. Here we discuss the cause of the illusory motion and suggest that the brain relies on the depicted perspective cues to infer a 3-D shape and a concomitant motion that is incompatible with the physical pictorial surface.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Sensory Systems
- Artificial Intelligence