This page contains links to stimuli and movies relating to our recent experiments on the perception of animacy and causality.
Basic demonstrations of the perception of causality and animacy
Scholl, B. J., & Tremoulet, P. (2000). Perceptual causality and animacy. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 4(8), 299-309.
Causal capture: Contextual effects on causal perception
Scholl, B. J., & Nakayama, K. (2002). Causal capture: Contextual effects on the perception of collision events. Psychological Science, 13(6), 493-498.
Effects of grouping and attention on causal perception
Choi, H., & Scholl, B. J. (2004). Effects of grouping and attention on the perception of causality. Perception & Psychophysics, 66(6), 926-942.
Illusory causal crescents
Scholl, B. J., & Nakayama, K. (2004). Illusory causal crescents: Misperceived spatial relations due to perceived causality. Perception, 33(4), 455-469.
Infants' causal perception: Effects of grouping and postdiction
Newman, G. E., Choi, H., Wynn, K., & Scholl, B. J. (2008). The origins of causal perception: Evidence from postdictive processing in infancy. Cognitive Psychology, 57(3), 262-291.
The psychophysics of chasing
Gao, T., Newman, G. E., & Scholl, B. J. (2009). The psychophysics of chasing: A case study in the perception of animacy. Cognitive Psychology, 59(2), 154-179.
The wolfpack effect
Gao, T., McCarthy, G., & Scholl, B. J. (2010). The wolfpack effect: Perception of animacy irresistibly influences interactive behavior. Psychological Science, 21(12), 1845-1853.
Chasing vs. stalking: Interrupting perceived animacy
Gao, T., & Scholl, B. J. (2011). Chasing vs. stalking: Interrupting the perception of animacy. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 37(3), 669-684.
The automaticity of perceiving animacy in the Wolfpack effect
van Buren, B., Uddenberg, S., & Scholl, B. J. (in press). The automaticity of perceiving animacy: Goal-directed motion in simple shapes influences visuomotor behavior even when task-irrelevant. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.
The wavering wolf: Intentionality attracts attention (Coming soon)
Gao, T., New, J. J., & Scholl, B. J. (under review). The wavering wolf: Perceived intentionality controls attentive tracking.
The perception of causal history in static shapes (Coming soon)
Chen, Y. -C., & Scholl, B. J. (under review). The perception of history: Seeing causal history in static shapes induces illusory motion perception.