Publication Details

Palmisano, S. A., Gillam, B. & Blackburn, S. (2000). Global-perspective jitter improves vection in central vision. Perception, 29 (1), 57-67.


Previous vection research has tended to minimise visual - vestibular conflict by using optic-flow patterns which simulate self-motions of constant velocity. Here, experiments are reported on the effect of adding 'global-perspective jitter' to these displays -- simulating forward motion of the observer on a platform oscillating in horizontal and/or vertical dimensions. Unlike non-jittering displays, jittering displays produced a situation of sustained visual - vestibular conflict. Contrary to the prevailing notion that visual - vestibular conflict impairs vection, jittering optic flow was found to produce shorter vection onsets and longer vection durations than non-jittering optic flow for all of jitter magnitudes and temporal frequencies examined. On the basis of these findings, it would appear that purely radial patterns of optic flow are not the optimal inducing stimuli for vection. Rather, flow patterns which contain both regular and random-oscillating components appear to produce the most compelling subjective experiences of self-motion.