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The Kinaesthetic Fusion Effect : fast-forward 30 years

Gildersleeve, Matthew (2012) The Kinaesthetic Fusion Effect : fast-forward 30 years. North American Journal of Psychology, 14(1), pp. 1-12.

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Abstract

This study investigated the Kinaesthetic Fusion Effect (KFE) first described by Craske and Kenny in 1981. The current study did not replicate these findings following a change in the reporting method used by participants. Participants did not perceive any reduction in the sagittal separation of a button pressed by the index finger of one arm and a probe touching the other, following repeated exposure to the tactile stimuli present on both unseen arms. This study’s failure to replicate the widely-cited KFE as described by Craske et al. (1984) suggests that it may be contingent on several aspects of visual information, especially the availability of a specific visual reference, the role of instructions regarding gaze direction, and the potential use of a line of sight strategy when referring felt positions to an interposed surface. In addition, a foreshortening effect was found; this may result from a line-of-sight judgment and represent a feature of the reporting method used. Finally, this research will benefit future studies that require participants to report the perceived locations of the unseen limbs.

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ID Code: 46252
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Kinaesthetic Fusion Effect
ISSN: 1527-7143
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 North American Journal of Psychology
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2011 09:48
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2011 22:40

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