The cutaneous rabbit revisited

J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 2006 Jun;32(3):717-32. doi: 10.1037/0096-1523.32.3.717.


In the cutaneous rabbit effect (CRE), a tactile event (so-called attractee tap) is mislocalized toward an adjacent attractor tap. The effect depends on the time interval between the taps. The authors delivered sequences of taps to the forearm and asked participants to report the location of one of the taps. The authors replicated the original CRE findings and observed a smaller but significant mislocalization when the attractor tap preceded the attractee tap. These results are consistent with the CRE arising from spatiotemporal interactions between the sensory codes for each individual tap. In subsequent experiments, the authors showed that the CRE was not affected by either gaze direction or concurrent auditory temporal information. The authors propose a model that explains the CRE by the spatiotemporal dynamics of an early, unimodal, sensory map.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Attention
  • Female
  • Fixation, Ocular
  • Humans
  • Illusions*
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Psychophysics
  • Space Perception*
  • Time Perception*
  • Touch*