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How well can people judge when something happened?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20214919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
One way to estimate the temporal precision of vision is with judgments of synchrony or temporal order of visual events. We show that irrelevant motion disrupts the high temporal precision that can be found in such tasks when the two events occur close together, suggesting that the high precision is based on detecting illusory motion rather than on detecting time differences. We also show that temporal precision is not necessarily better when one can accurately anticipate the moments of the events. Finally, we illustrate that a limited resolution of determining the duration of an event imposes a fundamental problem in determining when the event happened. Our experimental estimates of how well people can explicitly judge when something happened are far too poor to account for human performance in various tasks that require temporal precision, such as interception, judging motion or aligning moving targets spatially.
Eli Brenner; Jeroen B J Smeets
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-03-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Vision research     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1878-5646     ISO Abbreviation:  Vision Res.     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417402     Medline TA:  Vision Res     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1101-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, VU University, Van der Boechorststraat 9, NL-1081 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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