Visual space perception and visually directed action

J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 1992 Nov;18(4):906-21. doi: 10.1037//0096-1523.18.4.906.


The results of two types of experiments are reported. In 1 type, Ss matched depth intervals on the ground plane that appeared equal to frontal intervals at the same distance. The depth intervals had to be made considerably larger than the frontal intervals to appear equal in length, with this physical inequality of equal-appearing intervals increasing with egocentric distance of the intervals (4 m-12 m). In the other type of experiment, Ss viewed targets lying on the ground plane and then, with eyes closed, attempted either to walk directly to their locations or to point continuously toward them while walking along paths that passed off to the side. Performance was quite accurate in both motoric tasks, indicating that the distortion in the mapping from physical to visual space evident in the visual matching task does not manifest itself in the visually open-loop motoric tasks.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attention*
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Depth Perception
  • Distance Perception
  • Humans
  • Locomotion
  • Male
  • Mental Recall
  • Orientation*
  • Psychomotor Performance*
  • Sensory Deprivation
  • Social Environment*
  • Space Perception*