Lack of evidence for a tactual Poggendorff illusion

Peter Wenderoth*, David Alais

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    Abstract

    Lucca, Dellantonio, and Riggio (1986) reported large distortions in a tactual analogue of the visual Poggendorff illusion. They also reported large effects in the direction opposite to the visual illusion, which they termed "inversions". However, their evidence for such effects is questionable; they used what we consider to be inappropriate measurement and analysis procedures. In attempting to replicate their experiment, and in conducting four additional experiments, we found no evidence at all for their alleged tactual analogue of the visual Poggendorff effect. Instead, we demonstrated that "inversions" are likely due to the use of a raised stimulus display that causes artifactual mistracking, which is totally unrelated to normal mechanisms of alignment judgment. We also discuss the possible role of intersensory factors in the generation of tactual illusions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)234-242
    Number of pages9
    JournalPerception and Psychophysics
    Volume48
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 1990

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