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First, in the context of your reference to cultural context, one aspect of your question appears to be whether or not a person who has never had experiences of triangles before can have a triangle experience. Second, it is of interest whether that experience can be brought about by a configuration of shapes which is considered appropriate to elicit the ...


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I think that illusory contours could be experienced independently of cultural influence: a person would see a figure but she would not know it is a "triangle". The reason is that illusory contours as the ones you see in the figure share many of their properties with illusory phenomena that could be obtained with simple alignments of image features. As such, ...


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It's a difficult question to answer. My educated guess is that the appearance of the triangle, and illusionary contours in general, would persist, even in individuals who have never seen a triangle before in their lives. I think they would perceive the illusionary contours, but it might just not make sense to them, as the shapes may be unfamilair to them. In ...



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