Simulation of the cognitive process in looking at Rubin's vase

Daiki Matsumoto, Hanwen Xu, Junichi Takeno

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We have successfully simulated the cognitive process in looking at Rubin's Vase. Rubin's Vase, which was created by the Danish psychologist Edgar Rubin, is an ambiguous image that can be interpreted in more than one way. The image used in this study depicts a vase in the center such that its contour matches the human profile, allowing the viewer to interpret the image as either "a vase in the center" or "two faces looking at each other." We have developed a program that enables the internal representation systems to change their responses from moment to moment according to changes in input data and to internal knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-270
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event8th Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, BICA 2017 - Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 1 Aug 20176 Aug 2017


  • Ambiguous image
  • Cognitive process
  • Conflict of concept
  • Conscious program
  • Internal representation system
  • Rubin's Vase

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