Perception of linear horizontal self-motion induced by peripheral vision (linearvection) basic characteristics and visual-vestibular interactions

Exp Brain Res. 1975 Nov 14;23(5):471-89. doi: 10.1007/BF00234916.


The basic characteristics of the sensation of linear horizontal motion have been studied. Objective linear motion was induced by means of a moving cart. Visually induced linear motion perception (linearvection) was obtained by projection of moving images at the periphery of the visual field. Image velocity and luminance thresholds for the appearance of linearvection have been measured and are in the range of those for image motion detection (without sensation of self motion) by the visual system. Latencies of onset are around 1 sec and short term adaptation has been shown. The dynamic range of the visual analyser as judged by frequency analysis is lower than for the vestibular analyser. Conflicting situations in which visual cues contradict vestibular and other proprioceptive cues show, in the case of linearvection a dominance of vision which supports the idea of an essential although not independent role of vision in self motion perception.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Cues
  • Humans
  • Light
  • Motion Perception / physiology*
  • Neural Analyzers / physiology*
  • Reaction Time
  • Vestibule, Labyrinth / physiology*
  • Visual Perception / physiology