Perception of simple figures: Implicit-shape constancy and mental rotation


Department of Psychology, King's College, Old Aberdeen AB9 2UB


Adults were shown simple figures either drawn on their own or on a face of a depicted cube. Under each of these conditions they were required to find identical figures in an array of stimuli of either the first or the second type. The response chosen determined the next stimulus used, the figures in both being identical. Four chains of 10 responses were thus obtained. Comparison of the choices reveals that the set consisting of ‘plain’ responses to ‘cube’ stimuli diverges significantly from the other three sets. This result is discussed in the context of other studies of implicit-shape constancy.