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Another reason why adults find it hard to draw accurately

Matthews, William J and Adams, Amy (2008) 'Another reason why adults find it hard to draw accurately.' Perception, 37 (4). pp. 628-630. ISSN 0301-0066


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Misperception of objects is a major cause of inaccuracies in adults’ drawing. It has previously been established that participants’ drawings are biased by their knowledge of the drawn object. We hypothesized that additional inaccuracy arises because drawings are biased towards participants’ idiosyncratic canonical representations of the object. We report that participants’ free drawings of a cylinder are correlated with their observational drawings of the same shape, providing evidence that people’s observational drawings are distorted by their individual schematic representations of the objects in question. It is unclear whether this reflects a perceptual distortion or a bias in drawing production; in either case, this result provides a further explanation for why people are poor at drawing from observation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2012 08:36
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 08:36

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