The Rawdon-Smith illusion

Walt Jesteadt, David M. Green, Craig C. Wier

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A loudness illusion is described which was originally reported by Rawdon-Smith and Grindley (1935). It is analogous to the Craik-O'Brien-Cornsweet brightness illusion. Procedures are described for generating and measuring the size of the effect, and data are presented showing factors that influence its magnitude. Other examples are discussed that suggest that this effect is a very general phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-250
Number of pages7
JournalPerception & Psychophysics
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Psychology(all)


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