Sekuler R, 1996, "Motion perception: A modern view of Wertheimer's 1912 monograph" Perception 25(10) 1243 – 1258
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Motion perception: A modern view of Wertheimer's 1912 monograph
Received 19 June 1996, in revised form 26 August 1996
Abstract. Max Wertheimer's 1912 monograph on apparent motion is a seminal contribution tothe study of visual motion, but its actual contents are not widely known. This article attempts to clarify what the monograph did and did not contribute, emphasizing links between Wertheimer's principal findings and the results of subsequent investigations of motion perception, including currently active lines of research. The topics discussed include Wertheimer's experimental tests of explanations for apparent motion; his work with motion phenomena that lie between succession and optimum motion; his studies of the influence of attention on motion; explorations of various forms of hysteresis and motion transparency; and Wertheimer's work with a motion-blind patient.