Inertial acceleration as a measure of linear vection: an alternative to magnitude estimation.


The present study focused on the development of a procedure to assess perceived self-motion induced by visual surround motion--vection. Using an apparatus that permitted independent control of visual and inertial stimuli, prone observers were translated along their head x-axis (fore/aft). The observers' task was to report the direction of self-motion during passive forward and backward translations of their bodies coupled with exposure to various visual surround conditions. The proportion of "forward" responses was used to calculate each observer's point of subjective equality (PSE) for each surround condition. The results showed that the moving visual stimulus produced a significant shift in the PSE when data from the moving surround condition were compared with the stationary surround and no-vision condition. Further, the results indicated that vection increased monotonically with surround velocities between 4 and 40 degrees/sec. It was concluded that linear vection can be measured in terms of changes in the amplitude of whole-body inertial acceleration required to elicit equivalent numbers of "forward" and "backward" self-motion reports.

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@article{CarpenterSmith1995InertialAA, title={Inertial acceleration as a measure of linear vection: an alternative to magnitude estimation.}, author={T R Carpenter-Smith and Ryusuke Futamura and Daniel E. Parker}, journal={Perception & psychophysics}, year={1995}, volume={57 1}, pages={35-42} }