[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Subjects decided whether 2 dots were on the same curve or 2 different curves, and the curvature of the curves or the proximity of other (distractor) curves to the target curve was varied. Response time increased as the arc length of the curve connecting the 2 dots increased, suggesting that the curve was traced to perform the task. Tracing rate was faster for low- than high-curvature contours and was increasingly slower as distractor contours were increasingly proximal to the traced curve. Proximity results were predicted by a model in which response time depends on the ratio of the distance between the dots and the distance between adjacent lines. Curve tracing operations used to integrate information along contours are sensitive to several properties of the contours. The implications of the sensitivity of tracing operations to these curve properties are discussed.
Journal of Experimental Psychology Human Perception & Performance 12/1991; 17(4):997-1022. · 2.40 Impact Factor