The Perception of Causality, Hardback Book

The Perception of Causality Hardback

Part of the Psychology Library Editions: Perception series


Originally published in 1963, this is a classic work on the psychology of perception.

By means of suitable patterns on a partly concealed rotating disc Michotte was able to give the impression of objects in movement; and where certain conditions of speed, position, and time-interval were satisfied, his subjects received the impression of a causal interaction between two objects - for example, the impression that one object has `bumped into' another (the `Launching Effect') or is carrying it along (the `Entraining Effect').

In a further group of experiments Michotte studies the conditions in which moving objects look as though they are alive. A large number of experiments are described, and on the basis of them Michotte formulates a theory as to the conditions in which causal impressions occur.

He also compares his own views on causality with those of Hume, Maine de Biran, and Piaget.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Perception
  • ISBN: 9781138698390

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