Perceptual Constraints on Understanding Physical Dynamics
Final rept. 1 Dec 1990-31 Nov 1993
VIRGINIA UNIV CHARLOTTESVILLE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Our ability to perceive, remember, imagine, and reason about motions is related to the mathematical constraints that are required to represent different kinds of motions and to physiological constraints that exist in motion processing. These constraints are of both a mathematical and physiological nature. Experiments were conducted that investigated the inherent differences between translations and rotations in a variety of perceptual and cognitive domains. It is concluded that rotations are harder to see, remember, imagine, and reason about due to additional complications that processing rotations requires. Perception, Cognition, Apparent motion, Motion parallax, Dynamics, Intuitive physics, Attention.