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Neuropsychologia. 2016 Oct;91:327-334. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.08.022. Epub 2016 Aug 21.

Both vision-for-perception and vision-for-action follow Weber's law at small object sizes, but violate it at larger sizes.

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Università di Parma, Italy.
Università Vita-Salute S. Raffaele and Experimental Psychology Unit, Division of Neuroscience, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano, Italy.


According to a previous report, the visual coding of size does not obey Weber's law when aimed at guiding a grasp (Ganel et al., 2008a). This result has been interpreted as evidence for a fundamental difference between sensory processing in vision-for-perception, which needs to compress a wide range of physical objects to a restricted range of percepts, and vision-for-action when applied to the much narrower range of graspable and reachable objects. We compared finger aperture in a motor task (precision grip) and perceptual task (cross modal matching or "manual estimation" of the object's size). Crucially, we tested the whole range of graspable objects. We report that both grips and estimations clearly violate Weber's law with medium-to-large objects, but are essentially consistent with Weber's law with smaller objects. These results differ from previous characterizations of perception-action dissociations in the precision of representations of object size. Implications for current functional interpretations of the dorsal and ventral processing streams in the human visual system are discussed.


Accuracy; Action; Manual estimation; Perception; Precision; Precision grip; Weber's law

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