Directional collisions during a route-following task

Thomas, Nicole A., Stuckel, Dane, Gutwin, Carl, and Elias, Lorin J. (2009) Directional collisions during a route-following task. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 15 (2). pp. 225-230.

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Neurologically normal people tend to collide with objects on the right side more frequently than with objects located on the left side of space. This phenomenon could be attributable to pseudoneglect wherein individuals selectively attend to the left field. The current study investigated this effect using a virtual route-following task that was presented centrally, in the lower field, and in the upper field. Handedness was also examined. Fifty-two participants (four left handed) completed this task, and when presented in the lower field, more left-side collisions emerged. In the upper condition, this bias reversed direction to the expected rightward bias. In the central condition, there was no significant directional bias in collision behavior. An interaction between handedness and presentation condition indicated that left-handed participants experienced more right-side collisions in the central condition. Collectively, these results suggest that directional biases (i.e., left vs. right) in collision behavior are modulated by both location in the visual field (central, upper, or lower) and handedness.

Item ID: 52470
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1355-6177
Keywords: perceptual asymmetry; distance judgement; upper field; lower field; handedness; pseudoneglect; directional collisions
Funders: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2018 23:05
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance @ 50%
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