Grasping with the eyes: The role of elongation in visual recognition of manipulable objects
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Mahon, Bradford Z.
Marques, J. Frederico
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CitationAlmeida, Jorge, Bradford Z. Mahon, Veronica Zapater-Raberov, Aleksandra Dziuba, Tiago Cabaço, J. Frederico Marques, and Alfonso Caramazza. 2013. “Grasping with the Eyes: The Role of Elongation in Visual Recognition of Manipulable Objects.” Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience 14 (1) (August 31): 319–335. doi:10.3758/s13415-013-0208-0.
AbstractProcessing within the dorsal visual stream subserves object-directed action, whereas visual object recognition is mediated by the ventral visual stream. Recent findings suggest that the computations performed by the dorsal stream can nevertheless influence object recognition. Little is known, however, about the type of dorsal stream information that is available to assist in object recognition. Here, we present a series of experiments that explored different psychophysical manipulations known to bias the processing of a stimulus toward the dorsal visual stream in order to isolate its contribution to object recognition. We show that elongated-shaped stimuli, regardless of their semantic category and familiarity, when processed by the dorsal stream, elicit visuomotor grasp-related information that affects how we categorize manipulable objects. Elongated stimuli may reduce ambiguity during grasp preparation by providing a coarse cue to hand shaping and orientation that is sufficient to support action planning. We propose that this dorsal-stream-based analysis of elongation along a principal axis is the basis for how the dorsal visual object processing stream can affect categorization of manipulable objects.
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