Global depth perception alters local timing sensitivity

Autoři: Nestor Matthews aff001;  Leslie Welch aff002;  Elena K. Festa aff002;  Anthony A. Bruno aff001;  Kendra Schafer aff001
Působiště autorů: Department of Psychology, Denison University, Granville, OH, United States of America aff001;  Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences, Brown University, Providence, RI, United States of America aff002
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 15(1)
Kategorie: Research Article


Dynamic environments often contain features that change at slightly different times. Here we investigated how sensitivity to these slight timing differences depends on spatial relationships among stimuli. Stimuli comprised bilaterally presented plaid pairs that rotated, or radially expanded and contracted to simulate depth movement. Left and right hemifield stimuli initially moved in the same or opposite directions, then reversed directions at various asynchronies. College students judged whether the direction reversed first on the left or right–a temporal order judgment (TOJ). TOJ thresholds remained similar across conditions that required tracking only one depth plane, or bilaterally synchronized depth planes. However, when stimuli required simultaneously tracking multiple depth planes–counter-phased across hemifields–TOJ thresholds doubled or tripled. This effect depended on perceptual set. Increasing the certainty with which participants simultaneously tracked multiple depth planes reduced TOJ thresholds by 45 percent. Even complete certainty, though, failed to reduce multiple-depth-plane TOJ thresholds to levels obtained with single or bilaterally synchronized depth planes. Overall, the results demonstrate that global depth perception can alter local timing sensitivity. More broadly, the findings reflect a coarse-to-fine spatial influence on how we sense time.

Klíčová slova:

Attention – Brass – Nonverbal communication – Perception – Psychophysics – Sensory perception – Vision – Open science


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