What hands know about objects; taking perception of hills out of context: a response to Durgin (2013)

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In a recent paper, we provided independent evidence on the accuracy of 'haptically' measured geographical slant perception (Taylor-Covill & Eves, 2013). Durgin (2013) argues that the devices used in our work, namely the palm-board, and palm-controlled inclinometer (PCI), are not measures of perception. In response, we outline four failures of replication in the laboratory work of Durgin and colleagues on which they base their model of slant perception. We also highlight fundamental differences between the perceptual tasks Durgin and colleagues ask of participants relative to those of Proffitt and colleagues' traditional measures. These subtle differences might help explain how the two groups have arrived at discrepant conclusions.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-61
Number of pages3
JournalActa Psychologica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


  • Female, Hand, Humans, Male, Space Perception, Touch Perception