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Perception. 2008;37(7):1022-36.

Correspondence matching in long-range apparent motion precedes featural analysis.

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Department of Psychology, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS 38677, USA.


It has been suggested that correspondence matching in long-range motion is mediated by a perceptually high-level, 'intelligent' system. This suggestion is based on findings that long-range motion can be perceived between stimuli that could not be detected by lower-level motion mechanisms acting on Fourier motion energy, and that correspondence matching is affected by featural similarities between motion tokens that would be invisible to low-level (Fourier) motion detectors. Here, the effects of spatial-frequency content, color, and binocular disparity on correspondence matching are investigated. It is shown that the effects of featural matches between motion tokens develop only over time and lag behind the effects of the relative proximity between motion tokens in the retinal projection. This suggests that correspondence matching in long-range apparent motion is mediated by a mechanism which acts initially on the retinal coordinates of the motion tokens only, but may be biased to favor matching tokens that are featurally similar through a slower top-down influence by higher-level processes.

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