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Visual Capture

Visual capture refers to our tendency to allow visual images to dominate our perception. For example, when we watch a movie in a theater, we tend to think that the voices we hear come from the moving images on the screen, rather than from the speakers that could be located all around the theater. When watching a ventriloquist act, it also seems as if the voice is coming from the dummy rather than from the ventriloquist, because we see that it is the dummy's mouth that moves.

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