Checkershadow Illusion

“The visual system needs to determine the color of objects in the world. In this case the problem is to determine the gray shade of the checks on the floor

“The visual system needs to determine the color of objects in the world. In this case the problem is to determine the gray shade of the checks on the floor. Just measuring the light coming from a surface (the luminance) is not enough: A cast shadow will dim a surface, so that a white surface in shadow may be reflecting less light than a black surface in full light. The visual system uses several tricks to determine where the shadows are and how to compensate for them, in order to determine the shade of gray ‘paint’ that belongs to the surface.”


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Date:
November 23, 2016
Author:
XPLANE