shape constancy

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Related to shape constancy: brightness constancy, depth perception
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Noun1.shape constancy - the tendency to perceive the shape of a rigid object as constant despite differences in the viewing angle (and consequent differences in the shape of the pattern projected on the retina of the eye)
perceptual constancy, constancy - (psychology) the tendency for perceived objects to give rise to very similar perceptual experiences in spite of wide variations in the conditions of observation
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Perceptual constancies underpin perceptual discrimination of images; for example, shape constancy facilitates recognition of a configuration.
1979) demonstrated the presence of shape constancy, an important component of stable object recognition.
Shape constancy is the expectation for familiar things to be the same shape when viewed from a given position.