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Illusory Increases in Font Size Improve Letter Recognition

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JournalPsychological Science
DateAccepted/In press - 24 Mar 2017
DatePublished (current) - 6 Jul 2017
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)1–9
Original languageEnglish

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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.

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