The consistency of bisection judgments in visual grasp space

Julia Trommershäuser, Laurence T. Maloney, Michael S. Landy

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We study whether bisection in visual grasp space (the region over which eye and hand can work together to grasp or touch objects) depends on fixation or on the method of judgment employed (the task). We determined observer bias and sensitivity for bisection judgments (in a fronto-parallel plane as well as along contours slanted in depth). Significant biases were found that varied across observers both qualitatively and quantitatively. These biases were stable for a given individual (across a year between data collection intervals) and across tasks (method of adjustment vs. forced-choice). When observers maintained fixation (on an endpoint or in the neighborhood of the bisection point), fixation location had a small but significant effect on bias, although those effects were small compared with bisection uncertainty. We conclude that bisection judgments differ significantly between fixations, but that the effect of fixation location on bisection is not large enough to be detected reliably by the observer moving his or her eyes during a judgment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-807
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of vision
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 12 2003


  • Binocular vision
  • Bisection
  • Stereo vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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