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Ontological issues in distance perception: Cue use under full cue conditions cannot be inferred from use under controlled conditions

Mon-Williams, M. and Bingham, G.P. (2008) Ontological issues in distance perception: Cue use under full cue conditions cannot be inferred from use under controlled conditions. Perception and Psychophysics, 70. pp. 551-561. ISSN 0031-5117

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Abstract

Phosphorescent square tiles (arranged to yield a single image size) were viewed in the dark by 56 monocular observers who utilized a chinrest. The targets were placed at one of three horizontal distances and at one of three eye heights, allowing us to study the relative effect of height in the visual field (HVF) and sagittal distance on observers' verbal reports of the horizontal distance at which the object lay (near, middle, or far). In Experiment 1, we found that reports covaried primarily with HVF and, as predicted, they exhibited a weak paradoxical inverse relation with horizontal distance. In a second and third experiment, a visible surface was placed under the targets at the three eye heights in both dark and fully lighted conditions. In this situation, the inverse distance relation disappeared, and HVF no longer influenced the judgments of most observers. The results show that information projected from relevant support surfaces is essential for veridical information about object distance. These results raise fundamental issues for perceptual researchers regarding how to decide when a cue has been properly delineated, given the assumption that the relation between a cue and what it specifies is probabilistic.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > Institute of Psychological Sciences (Leeds) > Cognitive Psychology (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2009 08:39
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2010 14:24
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/PP.70.3.551
Status: Published
Publisher: Psychonomic Society
Identification Number: 10.3758/PP.70.3.551
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8656

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