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The contribution of vision and proprioception to judgements of finger proximity

Plooy, A., Tresilian, J.R., Mon-Williams, M. and Wann, J.P. (1998) The contribution of vision and proprioception to judgements of finger proximity. Experimental Brain Research, 118 (3). pp. 415-420. ISSN 0014-4819

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We sought to determine whether an increase in judged egocentric distance created by increasing vergence-specified distance would be negated when participants pointed at their own finger. It was found that ocular position dominates limb proprioception in the judgement of finger distance in the sagittal plane when vision is available. In contrast, an increase in perceived egocentric distance was largely attenuated by the presence of limb proprioception in reduced visual cue conditions. We conclude that the relative contribution of vergence to perceived distance depends upon the strength of the vergence effort signal when there are other cues present. Furthermore, if the distance percept includes a major contribution from retinal cues, then the visual component will dominate the limb proprioception component. If the visual component is largely determined by vergence information, limb proprioception will make a significant contribution and actually dominate when the vergence effort signal is weak. The results extend previous studies that have found a similar relationship between ocular position and limb proprioception in the perception of a finger′s location in the coronal plane.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: vergence; depth perception; proprioception; limb position; pointing; human
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Psychology (Leeds) > Cognitive Psychology (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2009 12:56
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2015 17:29
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s002210050295
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Identification Number: 10.1007/s002210050295
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8709

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