Spatial grouping resolves ambiguity to drive temporal recalibration

Yarrow, Kielan, Roseboom, Warrick and Arnold, Derek H. (2011) Spatial grouping resolves ambiguity to drive temporal recalibration. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37 5: 1657-1661. doi:10.1037/a0024235

Author Yarrow, Kielan
Roseboom, Warrick
Arnold, Derek H.
Title Spatial grouping resolves ambiguity to drive temporal recalibration
Journal name Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0096-1523
Publication date 2011-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0024235
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 37
Issue 5
Start page 1657
End page 1661
Total pages 5
Place of publication Washington, DC. United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Abstract Cross-modal temporal recalibration describes a shift in the point of subjective simultaneity (PSS) between 2 events following repeated exposure to asynchronous cross-modal inputs—the adaptors. Previous research suggested that audiovisual recalibration is insensitive to the spatial relationship between the adaptors. Here we show that audiovisual recalibration can be driven by cross-modal spatial grouping. Twelve participants adapted to alternating trains of lights and tones. Spatial position was manipulated, with alternating sequences of a light then a tone, or a tone then a light, presented on either side of fixation (e.g., left tone—left light—right tone—right light, etc.). As the events were evenly spaced in time, in the absence of spatial-based grouping it would be unclear if tones were leading or lagging lights. However, any grouping of spatially colocalized cross-modal events would result in an unambiguous sense of temporal order. We found that adapting to these stimuli caused the PSS between subsequent lights and tones to shift toward the temporal relationship implied by spatial-based grouping. These data therefore show that temporal recalibration is facilitated by spatial grouping.
Keyword Temporal recalibration
Point of subjective simultaneity
Spatial grouping
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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