Perception & Psychophysics

, Volume 45, Issue 5, pp 391–394

Visual acceleration detection: Effect of sign and motion orientation

  • Jack B. Calderone
  • Mary K. Kaiser

DOI: 10.3758/BF03210711

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Calderone, J.B. & Kaiser, M.K. Perception & Psychophysics (1989) 45: 391. doi:10.3758/BF03210711


Thresholds for the detection of constant acceleration and deceleration of a discrete object moving along horizontal and vertical axes were studied. A staircase methodology was used to determine thresholds for three average velocities (0.7, 1.2, and 1.7 deg/sec). Thresholds, expressed as the proportion of velocity change, did not differ significantly among the average velocities; thus, a consistent Weber-like fraction is suggested by the data. Furthermore, there was an interaction between the axis of motion (horizontal or vertical) and the sign of the velocity change (acceleration or deceleration): accelerations were easier to detect along the vertical axis, decelerations along the horizontal axis.

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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack B. Calderone
    • 1
  • Mary K. Kaiser
    • 2
  1. 1.San Jose State UniversitySan Jose
  2. 2.NASA Ames Research CenterMoffett Field