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The size illusion: visual and kinaesthetic information in size perception

Laszlo, J. I. and Broderick, P. (1985) The size illusion: visual and kinaesthetic information in size perception. Perception, 14 (3). pp. 285-291.

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Earlier studies have shown the size of kinaesthetically presented two-dimensional movement patterns to be significantly overestimated. Whether this size overestimation is characteristic of the kinaesthetic system alone has not been established. Two experiments are reported which were designed to investigate size judgment made after kinaesthetic and visual pattern presentation and the effect of environmental cues on the perception of movement patterns. In experiment 1 patterns were presented kinaesthetically (experimenter guided hand movements around the outline of the pattern) or in combination with visual information given by a moving light (pinpoint light attached to the stylus which was moved around the pattern); visual and kinaesthetic cues were either congruent or conflicting with each other; and environmental cues were either present or absent. In experiment 2 static visual display was compared with visually traced pattern presentation, again with or without environmental cues. Overall the results showed that, regardless of experimental manipulation, in all eases where the information was given over time the subject perceived the pattern larger than reality. After static visual display, overestimation of size did not occur.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology
Publisher: Pion
Copyright: Copyright © 2010 a Pion publication
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