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ERIC Number: EJ803971
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 161
ISSN: ISSN-0211-2159
Bridging the Gap: Possible Roles and Contributions of Representational Momentum
Hubbard, Timothy L.
Psicologica: International Journal of Methodology and Experimental Psychology, v27 n1 p1-34 2006
Memory for the position of a moving target is often displaced in the direction of anticipated motion, and this has been referred to as "representational momentum". Such displacement might aid spatial localization by bridging the gap between perception and action, and might reflect a second-order isomorphism between subjective consequences of environmentally invariant physical principles and the functional architecture of mental representation that can be modulated by an observer's expectations (e.g., that a moving target will change its heading) or by the presence of nontarget stimuli (e.g., landmarks). Representational momentum and related types of displacement reflect properties of the world and properties of mental representation, and so a consideration of representational momentum and related types of displacement contribute an important component of contemporary psychophysics, and also broaden the reach of psychophysics to include numerous topics not usually considered within psychophysics (e.g., naive physics, boundary extension, flash-lag effect, aesthetics, mental imagery). (Contains 4 figures and 3 footnotes.)
University of Valencia. Dept. Metodologia, Facultad de Psicologia, Avda. Blasco Ibanez 21, 46010 Valencia, Spain. Tel: +34-96-386-4100; Web site:
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Language: English
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