Illusory rotation in the haptic perception of a moving bar

A.M.L. Kappers, W.M. Bergmann Tiest

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    Haptic matching of the orientation of bars separated by a horizontal distance leads to large systematic deviations. This finding leads to the following intriguing question which we investigated in this study: How will a bar moving from left to right in a fixed orientation be perceived by blindfolded observers? Interestingly, this previous finding predicts that the translating bar will cause the illusory perception of a rotation. In our experiment, we used psychophysical methods to determine the rotation needed to perceive the bar as non-rotating, for both rightward and leftward translations. From our results, it can be estimated that, on average, a bar translating in parallel over 60 cm is perceived as rotating 18, so we established that the predicted illusory rotation indeed exists. This implies that static and dynamic signals are processed in a similar way. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)325-329
    JournalExperimental Brain Research
    Issue number3
    Early online date14 Sept 2013
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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