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Individual motion measurements are inherently ambiguous since the component of motion parallel to a homogeneous translating edge cannot be measured. Numerous models have proposed that the visual system solves this ambiguity through the integration of motion measurements across disparate contours. To examine this proposal, subjects observed a translating(More)
Humans, being highly social creatures, rely heavily on the ability to perceive what others are doing and to infer from gestures and expressions what others may be intending to do. These perceptual skills are easily mastered by most, but not all, people, in large part because human action readily communicates intentions and feelings. In recent years,(More)
We studied direction discrimination for lines moving obliquely relative to their orientation. Manipulating contrast, length and duration of motion, we found systematic errors in direction discrimination at low contrast, long length and/or short durations. These errors can be accounted for by a competition between ambiguous velocity signals originating from(More)
In this study, the perceived speed of a tilted line translating horizontally (for a duration of 167 msec) is evaluated with respect to a vertical line undergoing the same translation. Perceived speed of the oblique line is shown to be underestimated when compared to the vertical line. This bias increases: (1) when the line is further tilted, (2) with(More)
Human observers demonstrate impressive visual sensitivity to human movement. What defines this sensitivity? If motor experience influences the visual analysis of action, then observers should be most sensitive to their own movements. If view-dependent visual experience determines visual sensitivity to human movement, then observers should be most sensitive(More)
Perception of apparent motion operates somewhat differently for objects and human figures. Depending on the interstimulus interval, the latter d may give rise to either perception of a direct path (i.e. biologically impossible) or indirect path (i.e. biologically possible). Here, PET was used to investigate whether a change in brain activity accompanies(More)
Studies of deception detection traditionally have focused on verbal communication. Nevertheless, people commonly deceive others through nonverbal cues. Previous research has shown that intentions can be inferred from the ways in which people move their bodies. Furthermore, motor expertise within a given domain has been shown to increase visual sensitivity(More)
People frequently analyze the actions of other people for the purpose of action coordination. To understand whether such self-relative action perception differs from other-relative action perception, the authors had observers either compare their own walking speed with that of a point-light walker or compare the walking speeds of 2 point-light walkers. In(More)
Depth rotations can reveal new object parts and result in poor recognition of "static" objects (Biederman & Gerhardstein, 1993). Recent studies have suggested that multiple object views can be associated through temporal contiguity and similarity (Edelman & Weinshall, 1991; Lawson, Humphreys & Watson, 1994; Wallis, 1996). Motion may also play an important(More)
Successful social behavior requires the accurate detection of other people's movements. Consistent with this, typical observers demonstrate enhanced visual sensitivity to human movement relative to equally complex, nonhuman movement [e.g., Pinto & Shiffrar, 2009]. A psychophysical study investigated visual sensitivity to human motion relative to object(More)