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A psychological analysis of observation in geology

Abstract

ANALYTICAL methods of experimental psychology applied to observations of geological data reveal that what geologists perceive in, and remember of, rocks is not necessarily the same as what is actually there. For example, when observing folds, professionals give more attention to antiforms than synforms and tend to remember cleavage fans as they ought to be rather than as they are.

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    Ramsay, J. G., Folding and fracturing of rocks (McGraw Hill, New York, 1967).

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