n Image & Text : a Journal for Design - Blind spots : trickery and the 'opaque stickiness' of seeing : editorial

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1020-1491



In a flash the spot will disappear, and in its place - and this is the interesting thing - there is nothing. According to experimental psychology, the eye does not fill in the blind spot, but tricks us into thinking that it has been filled. The blind spot is pure absence of vision, and cannot be experienced at all. The blind spot is an invisible absence : an absence whose invisibility is itself invisible (Elkins 1996 : 170).

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