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Dynamic and predictive links between touch and vision

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We investigated crossmodal links between vision and touch for moving objects. In experiment 1, observers discriminated visual targets presented randomly at one of five locations on their forearm. Tactile pulses simulating motion along the forearm preceded visual targets. At short tactile-visual ISIs, discriminations were more rapid when the final tactile pulse and visual target were at the same location. At longer ISIs, discriminations were more rapid when the visual target was offset in the motion direction and were slower for offsets opposite to the motion direction. In experiment 2, speeded tactile discriminations at one of three random locations on the forearm were preceded by a visually simulated approaching object. Discriminations were more rapid when the object approached the location of the tactile stimulation and discrimination performance was dependent on the approaching object’s time to contact. These results demonstrate dynamic links in the spatial mapping between vision and touch.

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Gray, R., Tan, H.Z. Dynamic and predictive links between touch and vision. Exp Brain Res 145, 50–55 (2002).

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