Judging the shape of moving objects: discriminating dynamic angles

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Studies of shape perception have typically focused on static shapes. Studies of motion perception have mainly investigated speed and direction. None have addressed performance for judging the shape of moving objects. We investigated this by determining the discrimination of geometric angles under various dynamic conditions (translation, rotation, and expansion). Angles were parts of imaginary triangles, defined by three vertex dots. Compared to static angles, results show no significant decline in the precision of angle judgments for any of the three motion types, up to speeds high enough to impair target visibility. Additional experiments provide evidence against a uniform mechanism underlying static and dynamic performance, which could rely on “snapshots” when processing moving angles. Rather, we find support for distinct mechanisms. Firstly, adding noise dots to the display affects rotating and expanding angles substantially more than those which are translating or static. Secondly, the ability to judge angles is unaffected when vertex dots are occluded for short periods.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9
JournalJournal of Vision
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008


  • optometry
  • shape perception
  • vision sciences


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