Illusory increases in font size improve letter recognition

Lages, M. , Boyle, S. and Jenkins, R. (2017) Illusory increases in font size improve letter recognition. Psychological Science, 28(8), pp. 1180-1188. (doi: 10.1177/0956797617705391) (PMID:28677992) (PMCID:PMC5549815)

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Visual performance of human observers depends not only on the optics of the eye and early sensory encoding but also on subsequent cortical processing and representations. In two experiments, we demonstrated that motion adaptation can enhance as well as impair visual acuity. Observers who experienced an expanding motion aftereffect exhibited improved letter recognition, whereas observers who experienced a contracting motion aftereffect showed impaired letter recognition. We conclude that illusory enlargement and shrinkage of a visual stimulus can modulate visual acuity.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lages, Dr Martin and Boyle, Miss Stephanie and Jenkins, Dr Rob
Authors: Lages, M., Boyle, S., and Jenkins, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Psychological Science
Publisher:Association for Psychological Science
ISSN (Online):1467-9280
Published Online:05 July 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Psychological Science 28(8): 1180-1188
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
546481Perceived 3D trajectory of line motionMartin LagesLeverhulme Trust (LEVERHULME)F/00179/BGPSY - PSYCHOLOGY
5887510BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership 2012George BaillieBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)BB/J013854/1MVLS COLLEGE SENIOR MANAGEMENT