2021 Student Research Conference:
34th Annual Student Research Conference

The Effect of Audiovisual Integration on the Perception of Human Locomotion


Madison K. McGregor*, Lauren E. Happe, Hannah C. Zimmerman, Ruby G. Brattain, and Hyun J. Bang
Dr. Ashley Ramsey, Faculty Mentor

Auditory and visual cues can combine to form perceptions distinct from their two component cues. A preliminary experiment that tested the influence of the sound of footsteps and their looming retinal cues on participants’ ratings of walking speed revealed that visual cues have a much greater influence on the perception of walking speed than auditory cues.  Although there was no overall effect of auditory cues or an interaction between auditory and visual cues, the intensity of the influence of visual cues may have masked those effects.  The current experiment continues to investigate the effect of audiovisual cues on the perception of walking speed by increasing the rate of volume change of the auditory stimuli in order to amplify the information about walking speed contained in those stimuli.  It is hypothesized that sufficiently intense auditory cues can significantly modulate the effect of visual cues on the perception of walking speed.

Keywords: Perception, Cognitive Psychology, Human Locomotion, Incongruent Stimuli, Audiovisual

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Asynchronous Virtual Poster

Session: 18-8
Location: https://flipgrid.com/fc0c5b54
Time: 0:00

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