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Configural processing in the perception of apparent biological motion.
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PMID:  8756959     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In classic demonstrations of apparent motion, observers typically report seeing motion along the shortest possible path between 2 sequentially presented objects. However, when realistic photographs of a human body are sequentially presented at slow temporal rates, observers report paths of apparent motion that are consistent with the movement limitations of the human body even when those paths are not the shortest possible. The current set of experiments examined those aspects of the human form that lead to the perception of biomechanically consistent paths of motion. The authors' findings suggest that the perception of apparent biological motion extends to human movements that involve inanimate objects. The authors also report that observers can perceive apparent motion of nonbiological objects in a manner similar to apparent motion of human bodies. However, a global hierarchy of orientation and position cues resembling the human form is required for the perception of these paths.
S H Chatterjee; J J Freyd; M Shiffrar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0096-1523     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform     Publication Date:  1996 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-17     Completed Date:  1996-10-17     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502589     Medline TA:  J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  916-29     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Rutgers-State University of New Jersey, Newark 07102, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Depth Perception
Discrimination Learning
Motion Perception*
Optical Illusions*
Pattern Recognition, Visual*
Perceptual Masking
Problem Solving
Grant Support
099310//PHS HHS

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