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ERIC Number: EJ993026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
The Role of Gaze and Road Edge Information during High-Speed Locomotion
Kountouriotis, Georgios K.; Floyd, Rosalind C.; Gardner, Peter H.; Merat, Natasha; Wilkie, Richard M.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v38 n3 p687-702 Jun 2012
Robust control of skilled actions requires the flexible combination of multiple sources of information. Here we examined the role of gaze during high-speed locomotor steering and in particular the role of feedback from the visible road edges. Participants were required to maintain one of three lateral positions on the road when one or both edges were degraded (either by fading or removing them). Steering became increasingly impaired as road edge information was degraded, with gaze being predominantly directed toward the required road position. When either of the road edges were removed, we observed systematic shifts in steering and gaze direction dependent upon both the required road position and the visible edge. A second experiment required fixation on the road center or beyond the road edges. The results showed that the direction of gaze led to predictable steering biases, which increased as road edge information became degraded. A new steering model demonstrates that the direction of gaze and both road edges influence steering in a manner consistent with the flexible weighted combination of near road feedback information and prospective gaze information. (Contains 2 tables, 11 figures and 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom