Colorized Snodgrass and Vanderwart Pictures

We have created a new set of stimuli based on the widely used line drawings of Snodgrass and Vanderwart (1980). These 260 stimuli contain diagnostic texture and color information. Normative data (naming agreement and latencies, complexity, familiarity, imaginability) for these new stimuli have been collected (Rossion & Pourtois, 2004). Our data shows that surafec information, color in particular, greatly facilitates object recognition.

Download a slideshow summing up our results (VSS 2001 presentation - Bruno Rossion)

Download the colored and shaded images set of "Snodgrass and Vanderwart-like" objects


Rossion, B., & Pourtois, G. (2004). Revisiting Snodgrass and Vanderwart's object set: The role of surface detail in basic-level object recognition. Perception, 33, 217-236. PDF file.


As we initiated this project, we used about $2,500 of our money to fund the creation of this image set. If you download the set and wish to use it in an experimental/clinical study, a donation of $30-$50 to help defray their costs would be most welcome. You can send correspondence about contributing to Bruno Rossion