August 2012
Volume 12, Issue 9
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Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   August 2012
Local form-motion interactions influence global form perception
Author Affiliations
  • Gideon Caplovitz
    Department of Psychology, University of Nevada Reno
  • Diana Cordeiro
    Department of Psychology, University of Nevada Reno
  • J. Daniel McCarthy
    Department of Psychology, University of Nevada Reno
Journal of Vision August 2012, Vol.12, 1228. doi:10.1167/12.9.1228
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      Gideon Caplovitz, Diana Cordeiro, J. Daniel McCarthy; Local form-motion interactions influence global form perception. Journal of Vision 2012;12(9):1228. doi: 10.1167/12.9.1228.

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Abstract

Object motion perception depends on the integration of form and motion information into a unified neural representation. Historically, form and motion perception are thought to be independent processes; however, research demonstrates that these processes interact in numerous and complex ways. For example, an object’s orientation relative to its direction of motion will influence its perceived speed (Georges, Seriès, Frégnac and Lorenceau, 2002). Here we investigated whether this local form-motion interaction influences global form processing. In experiment 1, we replicated the effect of orientation dependent modulation of speed. In experiment 2, we investigated whether the perceived speed of local elements could influence the perceived shape of a global object constructed from grouping of those elements. Results indicated that the orientation of local elements indeed influenced the perceived shape of a global object. We propose that inputs from local form-motion processes are one of perhaps many neural mechanisms underlying global form integration.

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