Perception of the end position of a limb loaded with a weight

Hiroshi Shibata, Jiro Gyoba, Yasuhiro Takeshima

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    We examined the effect of loading a weight on the perception of the end position of the limb. The participants haptically perceived where the end of their limb was located while they swung the limb or statically held it. The results showed that the loading of a weight influenced participants' perception only when they swung the limb; when the weight was attached to a participant's hand, the position was perceived to be farther from the body than when the weight was attached to the forearm or no weight was attached. We also found that the end position was generally underestimated when the participants swung their limb. On the other hand, when the participants statically held their limb, the perceived position was not affected by the loading of the weight and was rather precise. These results suggest that the perceptual system for limb end position is sensitive to changes in the surrounding haptic information caused by moving the limb.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)225-238
    Number of pages14
    JournalAttention, Perception, and Psychophysics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan


    • Dynamic touch
    • Haptic perception
    • Perception and action

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
    • Sensory Systems
    • Linguistics and Language


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