Stimulus meanings alter illusory self-motion (vection)-experimental examination of the train Illusion

Takeharu Senoo, Haruaki Fukuda

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Abstract

Over the last 100 years, numerous studies have examined the effective visual stimulus properties for inducing illusory self-motion (known as vection). This vection is often experienced more strongly in daily life than under controlled experimental conditions. One well-known example of vection in real life is the so-called 'train illusion'. In the present study, we showed that this train illusion can also be generated in the laboratory using virtual computer graphics-based motion stimuli.We also demonstrated that this vection can be modified by altering the meaning of the visual stimuli (i.e., top down effects). Importantly, we show that the semantic meaning of a stimulus can inhibit or facilitate vection, even when there is no physical change to the stimulus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-645
Number of pages15
JournalSeeing and Perceiving
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2012

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  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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Stimulus meanings alter illusory self-motion (vection)-experimental examination of the train Illusion. / Senoo, Takeharu; Fukuda, Haruaki.

In: Seeing and Perceiving, Vol. 25, No. 6, 01.12.2012, p. 631-645.

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