carpentered world

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The built environment of industrial societies, containing numerous artefacts (1) constructed from straight lines and right angles. The absence of such objects in tribal cultures of sub-Saharan Africa was put forward in 1967 by the South African psychologist William Hudson (born 1914) as an explanation for the apparent inability of tribal Africans to interpret linear perspective in pictorial depth perception and their relative lack of susceptibility to the Müller-Lyer illusion and related visual illusions, this notion being called the carpentered-world hypothesis.

Subjects: Psychology.

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