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Laterality, Perception, and Action during the Size-weight Illusion
Society for Neuroscience Meeting (2010)
  • Gavin Buckingham, The University of Western Ontario
  • Nathalie S. Ranger, The University of Western Ontario
  • Melvyn A. Goodale, The University of Western Ontario

In the classic size-weight illusion (SWI), a small object will feel heavier than an larger object of equal weight (Charpentier, 1891). Individuals continue to perceive this illusory difference in weight long after their gripping and lifting forces have scaled to the actual, identical, mass of the illusion-inducing stimuli (Flanagan & Beltzner, 2000).

The independence of our weight perception and fingertip force application has only been quantified in the right hand of right-handers. The immunity to this perceptual illusion may be affected by manual asymmetries (e.g., Gonzalez, Ganel & Goodale, 2006).

We examined perception of heaviness and fingertip force scaling in right- and left-handers during repeated lifts of SWI-inducing cubes with their dominant and non-dominant hands.

We also examined the optimal direction for intermanual transfer of the scaled fingertip forces. 

  • Functional Laterality,
  • Illusions,
  • Lifting,
  • Motion Perception,
  • Psychomotor Performance
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Gavin Buckingham, Nathalie S. Ranger and Melvyn A. Goodale. "Laterality, Perception, and Action during the Size-weight Illusion" Society for Neuroscience Meeting (2010)
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