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|Title:||Searching for Radial Symmetry|
|Keywords:||Mirror;radial;spatial vision;symmetry;visual search|
|Citation:||i-Perception, 2017, 8 (4), pp. 204166951772575 - 204166951772575|
|Abstract:||Symmetry is ubiquitous in the natural world. Numerous investigations, dating back over one hundred years, have explored the visual processing of symmetry. However, these studies have been concerned with mirror symmetry, overlooking radial (or rotational) symmetry, which is also prevalent in nature. Using a visual search paradigm, which approximates the everyday task of searching for an object embedded in background clutter, we have measured how quickly and how accurately human observers detect radially symmetric dot patterns. Performance was compared with mirror symmetry. We found that with orders of radial symmetry greater than 5, radial symmetry can be detected more easily than mirror symmetry, revealing for the first time that radial symmetry is a salient property of objects for human vision.|
|Appears in Collections:||Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers|
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