Time-to-contact estimation of accelerated stimuli is based on first-order information.

Abstract : The goal of this study was to test whether 1st-order information, which does not account for acceleration, is used (a) to estimate the time to contact (TTC) of an accelerated stimulus after the occlusion of a final part of its trajectory and (b) to indirectly intercept an accelerated stimulus with a thrown projectile. Both tasks require the production of an action on the basis of predictive information acquired before the arrival of the stimulus at the target and allow the experimenter to make quantitative predictions about the participants' use (or nonuse) of 1st-order information. The results show that participants do not use information about acceleration and that they commit errors that rely quantitatively on 1st-order information even when acceleration is psychophysically detectable. In the indirect interceptive task, action is planned about 200 ms before the initiation of the movement, at which time the 1st-order TTC attains a critical value.
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Nicolas Benguigui, Hubert Ripoll, Michael P Broderick. Time-to-contact estimation of accelerated stimuli is based on first-order information.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, American Psychological Association, 2003, 29 (6), pp.1083-101. ⟨10.1037/0096-1523.29.6.1083⟩. ⟨hal-00579279⟩

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