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Jianliang Tong, Zhi-Lei Zhang, Christopher R. L. Cantor, Clifton M. Schor; The effect of perceptual grouping on perisaccadic spatial distortions. Journal of Vision 2012;12(10):10. doi: https://doi.org/10.1167/12.10.10.
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Perisaccadic spatial distortion (PSD) occurs when a target is flashed immediately before the onset of a saccade and it appears displaced in the direction of the saccade. In previous studies, the magnitude of PSD of a single target was affected by multiple experimental parameters, such as the target's luminance and its position relative to the central fixation target. Here we describe a contextual effect in which the magnitude of the PSD for a target was influenced by the synchronous presentation of another target: PSD for simultaneously presented targets was more uniform than when each was presented individually. Perisaccadic compression was ruled out as a causal factor, and the results suggest that both low- and high-level perceptual grouping mechanisms may account for the change in PSD magnitude. We speculate that perceptual grouping could play a key role in preserving shape constancy during saccadic eye movements.
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