The influence of perceived rotary motion on the recognition of rotated objects

Pierre Jolicoeur, University of Waterloo

Michael C. Corballis, University of Auckland

Rebecca Lawson, University of Liverpool

Subjects either named rotated objects or decided whether the objects would face left or right if they were upright. Response time in the left–right task was influenced by a rotation aftereffect or by the physical rotation of the object, which is consistent with the view that the objects were mentally rotated to the upright and that, depending on its direction, the perceived rotary motion of the object either speeded or slowed mental rotation. Perceived rotary motion did not influence naming time, which suggests that the identification of rotated objects does not involve mental rotation.

Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, (1998), 5, 140-146