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Enhanced visual perception near the hands

Meinert, Marina (2011) Enhanced visual perception near the hands.

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Abstract:Previous research has shown that the position of the hands can have an impact on the distribution of visual attention as well as on the visual sensitivity in the space near the hands. The aim of the present study was to examine whether the positions of the hands influence visual perception near the hands. The participants performed a visual discrimination task, during which they placed their hands in four different position configurations at a screen, either the left, the right, both or no hands. Further, the visual stimuli appeared at three different positions, either at the left or the right side or in the centre of the screen. Results show that the participants responded more accurately while having both or the right hand at the screen compared to the no hand condition. Such an advantage was not found when participants positioned the left hand at the screen. These findings specify the conditions in which visual perception is enhanced in the space near the hands.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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