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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352610/neural-representation-of-octave-illusion-in-the-human-cortex-revealed-with-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Keita Tanaka, Hiroki Kurasaki, Shinya Kuriki
The auditory "octave illusion" arises when dichotic tones, presented one octave apart, alternate rapidly between the ears. This study aimed to explore the link between the perception of illusory pitches and brain activity during presentation of dichotic tones. We conducted a behavioral study of how participants perceived binaural dichotic tones of octave illusions and classified them, based on the reported percepts, in an illusion (ILL) group, without an illusion (non-ILL) group, and others. We recorded brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging and analyzed the activation due to dichotic illusion tones...
January 8, 2018: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352411/the-impact-of-using-an-upper-limb-prosthesis-on-the-perception-of-real-and-illusory-weight-differences
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Gavin Buckingham, Johnny Parr, Greg Wood, Samuel Vine, Pan Dimitriou, Sarah Day
Little is known about how human perception is affected using an upper-limb prosthesis. To shed light on this topic, we investigated how using an upper-limb prosthesis affects individuals' experience of object weight. First, we examined how a group of upper-limb amputee prosthetic users experienced real mass differences and illusory weight differences in the context of the 'size-weight' illusion. Surprisingly, the upper-limb prosthetic users reported a markedly smaller illusion than controls, despite equivalent perceptions of a real mass difference...
January 19, 2018: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348911/reduction-of-flicker-in-four-stroke-motion-of-color-images
#3
Takahiro Kawabe, Shin'ya Nishida
When two sequential video frames extracted from a single video clip are followed by the negative of the two frames, a viewer often experiences a visual illusion whereby a scene in the frames continuously moves in a single direction (four-stroke apparent motion). To create a four-stroke apparent motion display, the image intensities of the whole of the second pair of images are reversed. However, this intensity reversal creates a strong impression of flicker that can be undesirable for comfortable viewing. This study reports that four-stroke apparent motion can be induced by only reversing the luminance intensities in those spatial areas which contain motion signals in high-pass filtered images...
January 2018: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344909/flash-induced-forward-and-reverse-illusory-line-motion-in-offset-bars
#4
Sihang Han, Jeff P Hamm
Illusory line motion (ILM) refers to perception of motion in a bar that onsets or offsets all at once. When the bar onsets or offsets between two boxes after one of the boxes flashes, the bar appears to shoot out of the flashed box (flashILM). If the bar offsets during the flash, it appears to contract into the flashed box (reverse ILM; rILM). Onset bars do not show rILM. Moreover, rILM and flashILM are not correlated, indicating they are two different illusions. To date, rILM has only been studied using a 50-ms flash where the bar offsets 16...
January 17, 2018: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344332/kitaoka-s-tomato-two-simple-explanations-based-on-information-in-the-stimulus
#5
Arthur Shapiro, Laysa Hedjar, Erica Dixon, Akiyoshi Kitaoka
Kitaoka's Tomato is a color illusion in which a semitransparent blue-green field is placed on top of a red object (a tomato). The tomato appears red even though the pixels would appear green if viewed in isolation. We show that this phenomenon can be explained by a high-pass filter and by histogram equalization. The results suggest that this illusion does not require complex inferences about color constancy; rather, the tomato's red is available in the physical stimulus at the appropriate spatial scale and dynamic range...
January 2018: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344331/the-peripheral-flicker-illusion
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Hiroyuki Ito, Tomomi Koizumi
A new illusion is reported. A visual object suddenly appearing on a red background sometimes causes an impression of flicker or double flash. In Experiment 1, a red, green, or blue object was presented on a red, green, blue, or gray background. Participants evaluated the illusion strength in reference to the physical flicker of a gray object presented in central vision. The results show that the green or blue object presented on the red background caused the illusion. In Experiment 2, the effect of retinal eccentricity on the illusion was tested...
November 2017: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335126/-reception-of-the-patient-in-psychiatry-overcoming-the-narcissistic-test-of-the-caregiver
#7
Frédéric Gelly
The theme of the encounter is addressed through the question of the reception of the patient. This encounter forces the caregiver to consider his or her own identity faced with the patient, to adjustments which can elude narcissistic doubts by resorting to the standardisation of care. Possible ways for the construction of a joint project are then considered. A 'common illusion' of care, which ensures that the encounter, a prelude to the possibility of care, is achieved.
January 2018: Soins. Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332124/optimal-audiovisual-integration-in-the-ventriloquism-effect-but-pervasive-deficits-in-unisensory-spatial-localization-in-amblyopia
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Michael D Richards, Herbert C Goltz, Agnes M F Wong
Purpose: Classically understood as a deficit in spatial vision, amblyopia is increasingly recognized to also impair audiovisual multisensory processing. Studies to date, however, have not determined whether the audiovisual abnormalities reflect a failure of multisensory integration, or an optimal strategy in the face of unisensory impairment. We use the ventriloquism effect and the maximum-likelihood estimation (MLE) model of optimal integration to investigate integration of audiovisual spatial information in amblyopia...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330680/the-illusion-of-control-sequential-dependencies-underlie-contingent-attentional-capture
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Greg Huffman, Victoria M Antinucci, Jay Pratt
The degree to which humans have top-down control over which information they process remains a central debate within the attention literature. Most of the evidence supporting the top-down control of visuospatial attention has come from cueing paradigms in which target stimuli are preceded by cues that are similar or dissimilar from the target. These studies find that the cues similar to targets capture attention, but dissimilar cues do not, suggesting the top-down control of attention. Here, we used a modified cueing paradigm to investigate an alternative possibility that the cue type differences are due to sequential dependency effects occurring between cue and target processing rather than the top-down control of attention...
January 12, 2018: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330457/spatially-selective-responses-to-kanizsa-and-occlusion-stimuli-in-human-visual-cortex
#10
Benjamin de Haas, Dietrich Samuel Schwarzkopf
Early visual cortex responds to illusory contours in which abutting lines or collinear edges imply the presence of an occluding surface, as well as to occluded parts of an object. Here we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and population receptive field (pRF) analysis to map retinotopic responses in early visual cortex using bar stimuli defined by illusory contours, occluded parts of a bar, or subtle luminance contrast. All conditions produced retinotopic responses in early visual field maps even though signal-to-noise ratios were very low...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322244/metacontrol-and-body-ownership-divergent-thinking-increases-the-virtual-hand-illusion
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Ke Ma, Bernhard Hommel
The virtual hand illusion (VHI) paradigm demonstrates that people tend to perceive agency and bodily ownership for a virtual hand that moves in synchrony with their own movements. Given that this kind of effect can be taken to reflect self-other integration (i.e., the integration of some external, novel event into the representation of oneself), and given that self-other integration has been previously shown to be affected by metacontrol states (biases of information processing towards persistence/selectivity or flexibility/integration), we tested whether the VHI varies in size depending on the metacontrol bias...
January 10, 2018: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297385/tailoring-nutrition-therapy-to-illness-and-recovery
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Paul E Wischmeyer
Without doubt, in medicine as in life, one size does not fit all. We do not administer the same drug or dose to every patient at all times, so why then would we live under the illusion that we should give the same nutrition at all times in the continuum of critical illness? We have long lived under the assumption that critical illness and trauma lead to a consistent early increase in metabolic/caloric need, the so-called "hypermetabolism" of critical illness. What if this is incorrect? Recent data indicate that early underfeeding of calories (trophic feeding) may have benefits and may require consideration in well-nourished patients...
December 28, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289928/tool-use-produces-a-size-illusion-revealing-action-specific-perceptual-mechanisms
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Jihyun Suh, Richard A Abrams
In four experiments, participants estimated the sizes of target objects that were either out of reach, or that could be reached by a tool (a stylus or laser pointer). Objects reachable with the aid of a tool were perceived to be smaller than identical objects without a tool. Participants' responses to questioning rule out demand characteristics as an explanation. This new size illusion may reflect a direct impact of tool use on perceived size, or it may stem from the effects of tool use on perceived distance...
December 28, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289094/musical-and-linguistic-listening-modes-in-the-speech-to-song-illusion-bias-timing-perception-and-absolute-pitch-memory
#14
Emily Graber, Rhimmon Simchy-Gross, Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis
The speech-to-song (STS) illusion is a phenomenon in which some spoken utterances perceptually transform to song after repetition [Deutsch, Henthorn, and Lapidis (2011). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 129, 2245-2252]. Tierney, Dick, Deutsch, and Sereno [(2013). Cereb. Cortex. 23, 249-254] developed a set of stimuli where half tend to transform to perceived song with repetition and half do not. Those that transform and those that do not can be understood to induce a musical or linguistic mode of listening, respectively...
December 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282487/temporal-ventriloquism-along-the-path-of-apparent-motion-speed-perception-under-different-spatial-grouping-principles
#15
Cansu Ogulmus, Merve Karacaoglu, Hulusi Kafaligonul
The coordination of intramodal perceptual grouping and crossmodal interactions plays a critical role in constructing coherent multisensory percepts. However, the basic principles underlying such coordinating mechanisms still remain unclear. By taking advantage of an illusion called temporal ventriloquism and its influences on perceived speed, we investigated how audiovisual interactions in time are modulated by the spatial grouping principles of vision. In our experiments, we manipulated the spatial grouping principles of proximity, uniform connectedness, and similarity/common fate in apparent motion displays...
December 28, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280049/attention-without-awareness-attentional-modulation-of-perceptual-grouping-without-awareness
#16
Shih-Yu Lo
Perceptual grouping is the process through which the perceptual system combines local stimuli into a more global perceptual unit. Previous studies have shown attention to be a modulatory factor for perceptual grouping. However, these studies mainly used explicit measurements, and, thus, whether attention can modulate perceptual grouping without awareness is still relatively unexplored. To clarify the relationship between attention and perceptual grouping, the present study aims to explore how attention interacts with perceptual grouping without awareness...
December 26, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279002/the-paradox-of-choice-and-the-illusion-of-autonomy-the-construction-of-ethical-subjects-in-right-to-die-activism
#17
Ari Gandsman
The right to die is an issue is predicated on larger cultural understandings of autonomy. Autonomy, in turn, is centered around assumptions of choice, that individuals are able to make health-related decisions based on a rational calculation. In such a way, a medically assisted death is differentiated from suicide. Through an ethnographic study of right to die activists in North America and Australia and how they understand ideals of "good deaths," this article will complicate this view by examining the ethical subject constructed by such activism that reveals autonomy to be a useful guiding fiction that mask larger ethical relationships...
December 26, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277305/stability-of-kinesthetic-perception-in-efferent-afferent-spaces-the-concept-of-iso-perceptual-manifold
#18
Mark L Latash
The main goal of this paper is to introduce the concept of iso-perceptual manifold for perception of body configuration and related variables (kinesthetic perception) and to discuss its relation to the equilibrium-point hypothesis and the concepts of reference coordinate and uncontrolled manifold. Hierarchical control of action is postulated with abundant transformations between sets of spatial reference coordinates for salient effectors at different levels. Iso-perceptual manifold is defined in the combined space of afferent and efferent variables as the subspace corresponding to a stable percept...
December 22, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274139/spatial-information-from-cutaneous-and-muscle-receptors-contributes-to-perceived-finger-position-and-ownership
#19
Jack Brooks
There is little known about the physiological basis of how we know that our limbs are a part of our body. Our understanding of the mechanisms of body ownership has recently been strengthened by studies using the rubber hand illusion (RHI). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
December 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29272995/primary-care-challenges-of-an-obscure-case-of-alice-in-wonderland-syndrome-in-a-patient-with-severe-malaria-in-a-resource-constrained-setting-a-case-report
#20
Benjamin Momo Kadia, Cyril Jabea Ekabe, Ettamba Agborndip
BACKGROUND: "Alice in Wonderland" syndrome (AIWS) is a rare neurological abnormality characterized by distortions of visual perceptions, body schema and experience of time. AIWS has been reported in patients with various infections such as infectious mononucleosis, H1N1 influenza, Cytomegalovirus encephalitis, and typhoid encephalopathy. However, AIWS occurring in a patient with severe malaria is less familiar and could pose serious primary care challenges in a low-income context. CASE PRESENTATION: A 9-year-old male of black African ethnicity was brought by his parents to our primary care hospital because for 2 days he had been experiencing intermittent sudden perceptions of his parents' heads and objects around him either "shrinking" or "expanding"...
December 22, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
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