Audiovisual integration: An investigation of the 'streaming-bouncing' phenomenon

Gerard B. Remijn, Hiroyuki Ito, Yoshitaka Nakajima

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    Temporal aspects of the perceptual integration of audiovisual information were investigated by utilizing the visual 'streaming-bouncing' phenomenon. When two identical visual objects move towards each other, coincide, and then move away from each other, the objects can either be seen as streaming past one another or bouncing off each other. Although the streaming percept is dominant, the bouncing percept can be induced by presenting an auditory stimulus during the visual coincidence of the moving objects. Here we show that the bounce-inducing effect of the auditory stimulus is paramount when its onset and offset occur in temporal proximity of the onset and offset of the period of visual coincidence of the moving objects. When the duration of the auditory stimulus exceeded this period, visual bouncing disappears. Implications for a temporal window of audiovisual integration and the design of effective audiovisual warning signals are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)243-247
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of physiological anthropology and applied human science
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Social Sciences(all)


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