Shape-Independent Processing of Biological Motion

Nikolaus F. Troje and Dorita H. F. Chang

in People Watching

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195393705
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979271 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

Shape-Independent Processing of Biological Motion

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This chapter reviews evidence from numerous studies of inversion effects and preattentive processing that converge in suggesting that the visual system exploits its sensitivity to gravity-defined dynamics to detect the ballistic movements typical of limbed terrestrial animals in locomotion. It is proposed that a local visual filter may be sufficient to detect the gravity-defined dynamics of the most important types of animate motion. This local motion processing mechanism is thought to reflect both innate and learned component processes.

Keywords: biological motion; local motion; animate agency; inversion effects; animacy detection; gravitational acceleration; innate mechanisms; experience dependent mechanisms; periphery; attention

Chapter.  10585 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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