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Thatcher’s Britain: a new take on an old illusion

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DateE-pub ahead of print - 3 Dec 2014
DatePublished (current) - 15 Dec 2014
Issue number12
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)1400-1403
Early online date3/12/14
Original languageEnglish


The Thatcher Illusion is generally discussed as a phenomenon related to face perception. Nonetheless, we show that compellingly strong Thatcher Effects can be elicited with nonface stimuli, provided that the stimulus set has a familiar standard configuration and a canonical view. Apparently, the Thatcher Illusion is not about faces, and nor is it about Thatcher. It just might, however, be about Britain.

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    Research areas

  • Thatcher Illusion, face perception, face processing, illusion, vision

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