Underestimation of the size ratio of Texas to Rhode Island in memory and perception

Percept Mot Skills. 1997 Aug;85(1):41-2. doi: 10.2466/pms.1997.85.1.41.


33 college students estimated the ratio of size of Texas to Rhode Island while visualizing the two states from memory or while viewing outline tracings of the states. The estimated ratio was significantly less in memory (29.7) than the perception (81.9) condition.

MeSH terms

  • Geography
  • Humans
  • Imagination
  • Memory*
  • Psychophysics
  • Rhode Island
  • Size Perception*
  • Texas