Mechanical invariants are implicated in dynamic touch as a function of their salience in the stimulus flow

R.W. van de Langenberg, I. Kingma, P.J. Beek

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    Abstract

    The authors investigated the mechanical basis of length perception through dynamic touch using specially designed rods in which the various moments of mass distribution (mass, static moment, and rotational inertia) were varied independently. In a series of 4 experiments, exploration style and rod orientation were manipulated such that the relative salience of moments of mass distribution varied markedly. Results showed that perceived length was based on the most salient moments. The authors concluded that the notion of salience is crucial for understanding the implication of moments of mass distribution in length perception and that it should play a pivotal role in developing an encompassing theory of dynamic touch. PsycINFO Database Record © 2006 APA, all rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1093-106
    JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
    Volume32
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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