Quantifying the auditory saltation illusion: an objective psychophysical methodology

J.C. Kidd, John Hogben

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Under conditions of rapid presentation, brief acoustic stimuli repeatedly delivered first at one location; then at another, are systematically mislocalized, with stimuli perceived as traveling smoothly between the two locations. This robust illusory motion percept is termed "auditory saltation." Currently, the characteristics and mechanisms of auditory saltation are not well understood. The lack of objective methods capable of quantifying the illusion on an individual basis seems a limiting factor for this area of research. In this study, we outline an objective psychophysical task that estimates the interstimulus interval at which the saltation illusion is reliably distinguishable from simulated motion. Experiment 1 examined the psychophysical function relating task performance to ISI and addressed the suitability of the task for use with adaptive psychophysical procedures. Experiment 2 directly compared performance on the task with that of another quantification method. The results suggested that this objective approach to the study of auditory saltation overcomes difficulties associated with more subjective methods,. and provides a reliable paradigm within which to quantify the temporal parameters of saltation on an individual basis. (C) 2004 Acoustical Society of America.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1116-1125
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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