Perception & Psychophysics

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 139–142 | Cite as

Cyclopean stimulation can influence sensations of self-motion in normal and stereoblind subjects

  • Jeremy M. Wolfe
  • Richard Held


Subjects experienced an illusion of self-motion when viewing the randomly patterned inner surface of a cylinder rotating about their main body axis. This sensation of rotation in a direction opposite to the direction of cylinder rotation is known as circular vection. An experiment was conducted to ascertain if the production of circular vection involved a binocular process in the visual system. Using dichoptic strobe illumination, stimuli were created that were identical monocularly but different binocularly. Groups of normal and stereoblind subjects were tested. The presence of purely binocular (cyclopean) stimulation increased the reported magnitude of vection for both groups. We conclude that a binocular process is involved in the production of circular vection and that this process retains its binocularity in stereoblind subjects.


Cylinder Rotation Binocular Summation Circular Vection Binocular Condition Monocular Stimulation 
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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeremy M. Wolfe
    • 1
  • Richard Held
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridge

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