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At first, this ambiguous motion stimulus looks like four pairs of dots, each rotating about their common center, but after a while it perceptually reorganizes into two large squares (with a dot at each corner) floating over each other. These local and global forms of “common fate” often alternate; on a 30s trial, local motion is usually seen first, followed by global motion. And across a series of trials, global motion is gradually seen more often. This suggests two adaptation (or learning) processes with different time constants.
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We usually see these upright cubes as two large globally moving squares, not as local pairs of cubes.
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Conversely, the lovers gazing into each other’s eyes are seen not as a large female square and large male square but as locally moving pairs.
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Each pair of spots is phase shifted by 45 degrees from its neighbors. The blue circles tend to constrain the pairs to remain local.
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Without the circles, one perceives two intertwined global octagons.