Two identical visual objects moving across each other in a two-dimensional display can be perceived as either streaming through or bouncing off each other. The bouncing event percept is promoted by the presentation of a brief sound at the point of coincidence of the two objects. In this study, we examined the effect of the presence of a moving object near the two objects as well as the brief sound on the stream/bounce event perception. When both the nearby moving object and brief sound were presented, a streaming event, not a bouncing event, was robustly perceived (experiment 1). The percentage of the streaming percept was also systematically affected by the proximity of the nearby object (experiment 2). These results suggest that the processing of intramodal grouping between a nearby moving object and either of the two objects in the stream/bounce display interferes with crossmodal (audiovisual) processing. Moreover, we demonstrated that, depending on the trajectory of the nearby moving object, the processing of intramodal grouping can promote the bouncing percept, just as crossmodal processing does (experiment 3).
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology