Date of Original Version

1-1-2002

Type

Article

Rights Management

Copyright PION LTD 2002

Abstract or Description

We examined the roles of information from optic flow and body senses (eg vestibular and proprioceptive information) for path integration, using a triangle completion task in a virtual environment. In two experiments, the contribution of optic flow was isolated by using a joystick control. Five circular arenas were used for testing: (B) both floor and wall texture, (F) floor texture only, reducing information for rotation. (W) wall texture only. reducing information for translation: (N) a no texture control condition, and (P) an array of posts. The results indicate that humans can use optic flow for path integration and are differentially influenced by rotational and translational flow. In a third experiment, participants actively walked in arenas B, F. and N, so body senses were also available. Performance shifted from a pattern of underturning to overturning and exhibited decreased variability. similar responses with and without optic flow, and no attrition. The results indicate that path integration can be performed by integrating optic flow, but when information from body senses is available it appears to dominate.

DOI

10.1068/p3311

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