August 2014
Volume 14, Issue 10
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   August 2014
A squishiness visual aftereffect – Not causality adaptation
Author Affiliations
  • Derek Arnold
    Perception Lab: School of Psychology, The University of Queensland
  • Kirstie Petrie
    Perception Lab: School of Psychology, The University of Queensland
  • Regan Gallagher
    Perception Lab: School of Psychology, The University of Queensland
  • Kielan Yarrow
    Department of Psychology, City University London
Journal of Vision August 2014, Vol.14, 1332. doi:
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      Derek Arnold, Kirstie Petrie, Regan Gallagher, Kielan Yarrow; A squishiness visual aftereffect – Not causality adaptation. Journal of Vision 2014;14(10):1332.

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Imagine viewing a simulated collision – a disc moves until it just touches another disc, at which point the first disc stops still and the second launches into motion. After repeated viewings of this scenario (visual adaptation), if people are shown a display wherein the first disc moves until it is partially occluded by the second, they are less likely to report that the first disc had launched the second into motion [1]. This has been interpreted in terms of a visual adaptation of causality perception . We reasoned that another interpretation was plausible. Instead of a direct visual adaptation of causality, these data could be indicative of a perceptual aftereffect impacting anticipated elasticity, or squishiness. Repeated viewings of the adaptation contact-launch scenario might induce a perceptual expectation that the two discs are rigid (as the initially static disc starts moving as soon as contact is made), and so a partial occlusion would become a strong cue that the two discs have not collided. If, instead, people repeatedly watch the first disc becoming partially occluded by the second before launch, they might form the impression that the two discs are squishy, and become more likely to report 'launches' in similar circumstances. We found support for this premise. Moreover, we found that the same adaptation protocol could bias judgments of a non-causal relationship, namely categorisations of simulated bounces as being hard (like a pool ball bouncing on concrete) or soft (like a squash ball bouncing). 1. Rolfs, M., Dambacher, M. & Cavanagh, P. (2013). Visual adaptation of the perception of causality. Current Biology, 23, 250-254.

Meeting abstract presented at VSS 2014


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