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The visual perception of lines on the road.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19064499     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present work demonstrates that observers grossly underestimate the length of lines parallel to their line of sight. In Experiment 1, observers, working from memory, estimated the length of a dashed line on the road to be 0.61 m. This result is consistent with observers' using an average visual angle converted to the physical length of visible lines on the road to estimate their length. In Experiment 2, observers gave verbal and matching estimates that significantly underestimated the length of a 3.05-m line on the ground that was parallel to their line of sight. In Experiment 3, observers significantly underestimated the length of dashed lines on the road while in a moving car. The results of Experiments 1 and 3 are described well by Euclidean geometry, whereas the tangle model that utilizes an increasing function of the visual angle to describe perceived extent best describes the results of Experiment 2.
Dennis M Shaffer; Andrew B Maynor; Windy L Roy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perception & psychophysics     Volume:  70     ISSN:  0031-5117     ISO Abbreviation:  Percept Psychophys     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-09     Completed Date:  2009-01-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0200445     Medline TA:  Percept Psychophys     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1571-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Ohio State University, Mansfield, Ohio 44906, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Models, Statistical
Visual Perception*

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