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ERIC Number: EJ865287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
The Tactile Continuity Illusion
Kitagawa, Norimichi; Igarashi, Yuka; Kashino, Makio
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v35 n6 p1784-1790 2009
We can perceive the continuity of an object or event by integrating spatially/temporally discrete sensory inputs. The mechanism underlying this perception of continuity has intrigued many researchers and has been well documented in both the visual and auditory modalities. The present study shows for the first time to our knowledge that an illusion of continuity also occurs with vibrotactile stimulation. We found that when the brief temporal gaps inserted into a vibrotactile target were filled with vibrotactile noise, the target vibration was perceived to continue through the noise if the target vibration was sufficiently weak relative to the noise. It is important that the illusory continuity of the vibration cannot be distinguished from the physically continuous vibration. These results therefore suggest that the continuity illusion is common to multiple sensory modalities and that it reflects a fundamental principle of perception. (Contains 1 footnote and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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