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Ability to identify scene-relative object movement is not limited by, or yoked to, ability to perceive heading

Rushton, Simon K. ORCID:, Chen, Rongrong and Li, Li 2018. Ability to identify scene-relative object movement is not limited by, or yoked to, ability to perceive heading. Journal of Vision 18 (6) , 11. 10.1167/18.6.11

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During locomotion humans can judge where they are heading relative to the scene and the movement of objects within the scene. Both judgments rely on identifying global components of optic flow. What is the relationship between the perception of heading, and the identification of object movement during self-movement? Do they rely on a shared mechanism? One way to address these questions is to compare performance on the two tasks. We designed stimuli that allowed direct comparison of the precision of heading and object movement judgments. Across a series of experiments, we found the precision was typically higher when judging scene-relative object movement than when judging heading. We also found that manipulations of the content of the visual scene can change the relative precision of the two judgments. These results demonstrate that the ability to judge scene-relative object movement during self-movement is not limited by, or yoked to, the ability to judge the direction of self-movement.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Publisher: Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
ISSN: 1534-7362
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 June 2018
Date of Acceptance: 6 February 2018
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 08:43

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