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Causal contraction: spatial binding in the perception of collision events

Buehner, Marc J. and Humphreys, Gruffydd Rhys 2010. Causal contraction: spatial binding in the perception of collision events. Psychological Science 21 (1) , pp. 44-48. 10.1177/0956797609354735

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Causality is a higher-level mental construct derived from low-level percepts such as contiguity in space–time. We show that low-level spatial perception is distorted by the presence of a causal connection, such that two objects appear closer in space when they are causally linked than when they are not. This finding parallels recent demonstrations of temporal causal binding and suggests that causality is at the root of a general ambiguity-resolution process operating on the human perceptual system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Perceptual causality ; Binding ; Spatial perception Intentionality
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0956-7976
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2017 22:50

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