Peripheral visual cues contribute to the perception of object movement during self-movement

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Safe movement through the environment requires us to monitor our surroundings for moving objects or people. However, identification of moving objects in the scene is complicated by self-movement, which adds motion across the retina. To identify worldrelative object movement the brain thus has to “compensate for” or “parse out” the components of retinal motion that are due to self-movement. We have previously demonstrated that retinal cues arising from central vision contribute to solving this problem. Here we investigate the contribution of peripheral vision, commonly thought to provide strong cues to self-movement. Stationary participants viewed a large field of view display, with radial flow patterns presented in the periphery, and judged the trajectory of a centrally presented probe. Across two experiments, we demonstrate and
quantify the contribution of peripheral optic flow to flow parsing during forward and backward movement.

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Original languageEnglish
Early online date10 Nov 2017
StatePublished - 2017