Heading judgments in minimal environments: The value of a heuristic when invariants are rare

James E. Cutting, Ranxiao Frances Wang

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Observers made systematic heading judgments in two experiments simulating their translation through an environment with only two trees. When those trees converged or decelerated apart, observers tended to follow the invariant information and make heading judgments outside the near member of the pair. When those trees accelerated apart, however, observers tended to follow the heuristic information and make judgments outside the far member, although this result was tempered by the angular separation between the trees and their relative acceleration. The simultaneous existence and use of invariants and heuristics are discussed in terms of different metatheoretical approaches to perception.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1146-1159
Number of pages14
JournalPerception and Psychophysics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Psychology(all)

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