The Role of Balance Dynamics in the Active Perception of Orientation

Gary E. Riccio, Eric J. Martin, Thomas A. Stoffregen

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The Stoffregen and Riccio (1988) hypothesis that perceived orientation is determined primarily by balance dynamics was tested. Perception of orientation was evaluated in the context of a task that required Ss to control the roll orientation of a device in which they were seated. The device's direction of balance was manipulated across trials and thus was independent of gravity. Eighteen Ss participated in the investigation. After each trial, Ss estimated their mean tilt with respect to upright. Correlations of perceived tilt with tilt from balance were consistently higher than the correlations with gravity tilt. The dominance of balance over gravity depended on the magnitude of tilt from balance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)624-644
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1992


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