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Visual impressions of causality: Effects of manipulating the direction of the target object's motion in a collision event

White, Peter Anthony 2012. Visual impressions of causality: Effects of manipulating the direction of the target object's motion in a collision event. Visual Cognition 20 (2) , pp. 121-142. 10.1080/13506285.2011.653418

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Abstract

Stimuli in which a moving object (A) contacts a stationary one (B) and the latter then moves off tend to give rise to visual impressions of causality. In two experiments the angle of Object B's path of motion to that of Object A was manipulated, and in one of these the point of contact of Object A with Object B was also manipulated. The ampliation hypothesis (Michotte, 1963) predicts that the causal impression should be strongest when Object B continues Object A's direction of motion, regardless of point of contact. In fact the causal impression was strongest when the angle of Object B's motion matched the angle that would actually occur for the point of contact in the stimulus. This supports a hypothesis that the causal impression is a product of experience with real object collisions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ampliation, Launching effect, Phenomenal causality
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1350-6285
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:02
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/31204

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