Demonstrations: Perceiving Animacy and Causality
 
 
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
Sample displays from:
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
Sample displays from:
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
Sample displays from:
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
Sample displays from:
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
Sample displays from:
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
Sample displays from:
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
Sample displays from:
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
Sample displays from:
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 wavering wolf: Intentionality attracts attention (Coming soon)
Sample displays from:
Gao, T., New, J. J., & Scholl, B. J. (under review). The wavering wolf: Perceived intentionality controls attentive tracking. Manuscript submitted for publication.