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Psychonomic Bulletin and Review

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 734–751

First Online: 11 October 2016DOI: 10.3758-s13423-016-1168-5

Cite this article as: King, D.J., Hodgekins, J., Chouinard, P.A. et al. Psychon Bull Rev 2017 24: 734. doi:10.3758-s13423-016-1168-5


Specific abnormalities of vision in schizophrenia have been observed to affect high-level and some low-level integration mechanisms, suggesting that people with schizophrenia may experience anomalies across different stages in the visual system affecting either early or late processing or both. Here, we review the research into visual illusion perception in schizophrenia and the issues which previous research has faced. One general finding that emerged from the literature is that those with schizophrenia are mostly immune to the effects of high-level illusory displays, but this effect is not consistent across all low-level illusions. The present review suggests that this resistance is due to the weakening of top–down perceptual mechanisms and may be relevant to the understanding of symptoms of visual distortion rather than hallucinations as previously thought.

KeywordsSchizophrenia Visual illusions Low-level vision High-level vision 

Author: Daniel J. King - Joanne Hodgekins - Philippe A. Chouinard - Virginie-Anne Chouinard - Irene Sperandio

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