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John Butler

Visual Vestibular Interactions for Self Motion Estimation
Poster Presentation

John Butler
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Stuart Smith
UCD School of Psychology

Karl Beykirch
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Heinrich H. Buelthoff
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

     Abstract ID Number: 97
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     Last modified: March 17, 2006
     Presentation date: 06/18/2006 4:00 PM in Hamilton Building, Foyer
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Abstract
Accurate perception of self-motion through cluttered environments involves a coordinated set of sensorimotor processes that encode and compare information from visual, vestibular, proprioceptive, motor-corollary, and cognitive inputs. Our goal was to investigate the interaction between visual and vestibular cues to the direction of linear self-motion (heading direction). In the vestibular experiment, blindfolded participants were given two distinct forward linear translations, using a Stewart Platform, with identical acceleration profiles. One motion was a standard heading direction, while the test heading was randomly varied using the method of constant stimuli. The participants judged in which interval they moved further towards the right. In the visual alone condition, participants were presented with two intervals of radial optic flow stimuli and judged which of the two intervals represented a pattern of optic flow consistent with more rightward self-motion. In the combined experiments, participants were presented with a translation stimulus that had both vestibular and visual information. From participantsí responses, we compute a psychometric function for both experiments, from which we can calculate the participantís uncertainty (standard deviation of the cumulative Gaussian fit). Using the uncertainty values from the vestibular alone and visual alone experiments, we will predict the outcome of this experiment using a maximum-likelihood-method.

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