Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Vision and touch: Testing the Ramachandran Mirror Box
by Robichaux, Christopher B., M.S., Northern Michigan University, 2009, 59; 1470363
Abstract (Summary)

A fundamental question in the field of psychology is how humans perceive the world around them. Particular emphasis has been placed on the idea that, when sensory systems are placed in conflicting circumstances; the visual system dominates the haptic (touch) sensory system in the creation of a person’s perceptions. Scientists have used a variety of methods to research this idea, by using distortion lenses and virtual simulations on advanced computer systems. These previous studies have failed to provide a convincing illusory sensory experience or have been prohibitively expensive. This study seeks to use a simple Ramachandran Mirror Box (RMB), a device that has the potential to provide the required illusory experience, to test the differences between the visual and haptic (touch) sensory systems. The findings suggest human perception is pulled towards the visual sensory system in some conditions and shows the viability of the RMB as a perceptual testing apparatus.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Leith, Charles
Commitee: Klett, Mitchell, Whitaker, Harry
School: Northern Michigan University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Experimental psychology
Keywords: Haptic, Perceptual dominance, Ramachandran Mirror Box, Visual
Publication Number: 1470363
ISBN: 978-1-109-50199-5
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