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Modality-specific differences in the processing of spatially, temporally, and spatiotemporally distributed information

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Mahar, D and Mackenzie, BD and McNicol, D, Modality-specific differences in the processing of spatially, temporally, and spatiotemporally distributed information, Perception, 23, (11) pp. 1369-1386. ISSN 0301-0066 (1994) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1068/p231369

Abstract

The extent to which auditory, tactile, and visual perceptual representations are similar, particularly when dealing with speech and speech-like stimuli, was investigated. It was found that comparisons between auditory and tactile patterns were easier to perform than were similar comparisons between auditory and visual stimuli. This was true across a variety of styles of tactile and visual display, and was not due to limitations in the discriminability of the visual displays. The findings suggest that auditory and tactile representations of stimuli are more alike than are auditory and visual ones. It was also found that touch and vision differ in terms of the style of information distribution which they process most efficiently. Touch dealt with patterns best when the pattern was characterised by changes across time, whereas vision did best when spatially or spatiotemporally distributed patterns were presented. As the sense of hearing also seems to specialise in the processing of temporally ordered patterns, these results suggest one way in which the senses of hearing and touch differ from vision.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Educational Psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Mackenzie, BD (Associate Professor Mackenzie)
ID Code:5160
Year Published:1994
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:1995-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-26
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