The Kinaesthetic Fusion Effect: fast-forward 30 years

Gildersleeve, Matthew and Worringham, Charles J. (2012) The Kinaesthetic Fusion Effect: fast-forward 30 years. North American Journal of Psychology, 14 1: 1-11.

Author Gildersleeve, Matthew
Worringham, Charles J.
Title The Kinaesthetic Fusion Effect: fast-forward 30 years
Journal name North American Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1527-7143
Publication date 2012-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Winter Garden, FL, United States
Publisher North American Journal of Psychology
Language eng
Abstract This study investigated the Kinaesthetic Fusion Effect (KFE) first described by Craske and Kenny in 1981. The current study did not replicate these findings following a change in the reporting method used by participants. Participants did not perceive any reduction in the sagittal separation of a button pressed by the index finger of one arm and a probe touching the other, following repeated exposure to the tactile stimuli present on both unseen arms. This study’s failure to replicate the widelycited KFE as described by Craske et al. (1984) suggests that it may be contingent on several aspects of visual information, especially the availability of a specific visual reference, the role of instructions regarding gaze direction, and the potential use of a line of sight strategy when referring felt positions to an interposed surface. In addition, a foreshortening effect was found; this may result from a line-of-sight judgment and represent a feature of the reporting method used. Finally, this research will benefit future studies that require participants to report the perceived locations of the unseen limbs.
Keyword Proprioception
Motor Control
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Biomedical Sciences Publications
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Created: Sat, 13 Feb 2016, 11:14:08 EST by Mr Matt Gildersleeve on behalf of School of Biomedical Sciences