July 2013
Volume 13, Issue 9
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Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   July 2013
Eye-hand coordination: Differential effects of object shape and surface properties on fixation and grasp locations
Author Affiliations
  • Loni Desanghere
    Perception and Action Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba
  • Jonathan Marotta
    Perception and Action Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba
Journal of Vision July 2013, Vol.13, 344. doi:10.1167/13.9.344
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      Loni Desanghere, Jonathan Marotta; Eye-hand coordination: Differential effects of object shape and surface properties on fixation and grasp locations. Journal of Vision 2013;13(9):344. doi: 10.1167/13.9.344.

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Abstract

Previous research has highlighted the importance of object shape and center of mass (COM) position in grasp location selection. For example, during a stable grasp, a subject’s "grasp line" will fall close to or across an object’s COM, with grasp locations shifting as a function of small COM changes. However, this research has typically utilized objects where the COM and the horizontal centre are very close in proximity, and has also ignored the characterization of fixation locations. In Experiment 1, we explored fixation and grasp location sensitivity to COM changes across object shape. The COM of objects was dissociated from the object’s horizontal centre at three different distances (0.5cm, 1cm and 1.5cm). Results showed that orientation of COM was the largest influence on grasp locations, with no differences in grasp positions as a function of COM distance. Fixation locations were found to be more sensitive to changes in COM. Fixations to objects with COM distances of 1cm and 1.5cm were significantly further away from fixation locations to objects with the COM closest to the object’s horizontal center (0.5cm). In Experiment 2, we kept the shape of the objects constant but varied the visual characteristics of the objects with gradients of luminosity (greyscale), numerosity (more to less stars), or area coloured (1/2, 1/3[sup]rd[/sup], or 1/6[sup]th[/sup] of the object). Results showed a significant influence of the surface properties on grasp locations but not fixation positions. A rightward grasp bias was observed when grasping the greyscale and star objects. On the other hand, objects with 1/3[sup]rd[/sup] and 1/6[sup]th [/sup]of the surface area covered, biased grasp positions away from the coloured areas. Results from the current studies demonstrate how changes in object shape or changes in the local elements within a shape can differentially affect fixation and grasp locations when picking up an object.

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