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Muller Lyer Illusion Experiment

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Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Other
Date Added to MERLOT: September 07, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 28, 2012
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Submitter : Thomas Malloy


The Muller-Lyer illusion falls into the class of distortion illusions, specifically, this illusion distorts perception of size. This site provides a simulated experiment which collects data on the effects of the Muller Lyer Illusion. Ample text explains the illusion and supports the experiment. Personal, printable results are... More

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Primary Audience: College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Java plugin may be required on some systems.
Language: English Material Version: Java 1.1
Cost Involved: no Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no Copyright: no
Creative Commons: unsure

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Avatar for Julie Evey
2 years ago

Julie Evey (Faculty)

I used to teach Sensation and Perception - I would use this experiment if I still did.  It is very easy to use if one has Java loaded or is comfortable with the download.  The experiment allows the students to see the true effect of the arrows by playing with degree of angle and comparing lines with the arrowheads the same as well as opposite.  The content provides the student with a solid understand of the illusion.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes

Avatar for Shirley-Anne Hensch
4 years ago

Shirley-Anne Hensch (Faculty)

Very well designed and easy for students to follow through and understand.

Avatar for Chris Jones
11 years ago

Chris Jones (Faculty)

I think that the site is very creative and a fun way to learn the material. It
is easy to move through and follow.

Technical Remarks:

I would recommend that my students use the site to learn the topic.
Used in course

Avatar for Connie Hagar
11 years ago

Connie Hagar (Staff)

Nicely put together. I spent about 20 minutes trying a few things. Interesting
way of presenting info.
Used in course

Avatar for Chris Jones
11 years ago

Chris Jones (Faculty)

I spent 5 minutes browing and found the material adequate for classroom use. If
I needed to recommend a site I could consider this one.

Technical Remarks:

This is not an area of expertise for me but I did fine the material fairly easy
to follow. I would recommend that the creator of this site add more detail.
Used in course

Avatar for Deanna Roberts
11 years ago

Deanna Roberts (Student)

I found this site veru useful while also dicussion these topics in class. It was
easy to find and to do the tests.

Technical Remarks:

I do wish the personal results were a little more in depth.

Avatar for Sarah Glock
12 years ago

Sarah Glock (Student)

This was a great site that provided a lot of information and utilized critical
thinking skills. This site could also be beneficial to reinforce ideas and
concepts that were intorduced in classes.

Technical Remarks:

This site was easy to use and access. The hands on experiences are a fun bonus
to the site.

Avatar for Mary Kelly
12 years ago

Mary Kelly (Student)

This site is very interesting, presented in an easy to use format. It can be
useful in teaching critical thinking skills.

Technical Remarks:

First time users will find it easy to use.

Avatar for Leeanne Brelinsky
12 years ago

Leeanne Brelinsky (Student)

A classmate suggested looking at this website. I spent about 45 minutes looking
at it. This sight was interesting at some of it was hands on which made it fun

Technical Remarks:

This website was very easy to find and and easy to go through with out any

Avatar for Eunjung Choi
12 years ago

Eunjung Choi (Student)

While I was browsing webistes in sensation discipline, I found this website with
being intrested in illusion. I spent hours navigating including joining
experiments provided. I think that they have rich and well organized information
with experimental simulations. It would be enhanced student's learning and
faculty's teaching by using appropriately the website.

Technical Remarks:

It is very easy to get it. You are just needed a 1.1 Java compatible browser.

Avatar for Kristen Canfield
12 years ago

Kristen Canfield (Student)

This website was submitted by a classmate, and i read through and did some of
the activities. It took me 1/2 hour to do the whole thing. It was great! I
liked how it was interactive. The site presented material that was
educationally significant and made the user think about it.

Technical Remarks:

I think this website is very good for enhancing teaching and learning. It would
be great for critical thinking type of work for a teacher to give students. It
was very easy to use the material that was provided in the website.

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