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Sources of Optical Information Useful for Perception of Speed of Rectilinear Self-Motion
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
  • John F. Larish
  • John M. Flach, Wright State University - Main Campus
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
5-1-1990
Abstract
Magnitude judgments of the speed of self-motion were examined. The principal independent variables were edge rate, global optical flow rate, and the type of texture (grid or dot). Results indicated that edge rate and global optical flow rate had additive effects on magnitude judgments, with edge rate accounting for a larger portion of the variance. Effects were independent of texture type. Secondary variables examined were viewing condition and task load. Attempts were made to control the availability of flatness cues. Evidence indicates that the effectiveness of global optical flow rate varied with the control of flatness cues. A secondary running auditory Sternberg task (S. Sternberg, 1969) was used to prevent edge counting; the presence of this task did not reduce the effect of edge rate. These results replicate and extend previous work by D. H. Owen and colleagues (1984 and 1987).
DOI
10.1037/0096-1523.16.2.295
Citation Information
John F. Larish and John M. Flach. "Sources of Optical Information Useful for Perception of Speed of Rectilinear Self-Motion" Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance Vol. 16 Iss. 2 (1990) p. 295 - 302 ISSN: 00961523
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john_flach/114/