Xausa, Beghi, and Zanforlin (J. Math. Psychol. 45 (4) (2001) 635) provide an account of perceptual organization based on their 'minimal relative motion' principle. They claim that this principle can account for the percept generated by a contracting bar that is simultaneously translating laterally. We critique the mathematical analysis provided in the aforementioned paper. We conclude that the 'minimal relative motion' principle, in the form presented, cannot adequately explain the percept reported by observ…
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