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Visual impressions of force exerted by one object on another when the objects do not come into contact

White, Peter Anthony 2011. Visual impressions of force exerted by one object on another when the objects do not come into contact. Visual Cognition 19 (3) , pp. 340-366. 10.1080/13506285.2010.532379

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Simple animations in which one object contacts another give rise to visual impressions that the former object causes the outcome for the latter, and that the former object is exerting force on the latter. How does the impression of force relate to the impression of causality? The main aim of this research was to investigate this issue using stimuli in which there is a gap between the objects at closest approach. Delay between the first object stopping and the second object starting to move had a strong effect on reported force impressions, which is consistent with findings of research on the causal impression. However, the reported force impression was little affected by either the size of the gap or the presence and features of an object in the gap, whereas the causal impression was strongly affected by both. The findings support the conclusion that the force impression and the causal impression are distinct components of the visual interpretation of the stimulus.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Causal perception, Force impressions, Launching effect, Phenomenal causality, Representational momentum
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1350-6285
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:02

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