The Combined Effects of Plane Disorientation and Foreshortening on Picture Naming: One Manipulation or Two?

Rebecca Lawson, University of Liverpool

Glyn W. Humphreys, University of Birmingham

Pierre Jolicoeur, University of Waterloo

Objects disoriented in plane away from the upright and objects rotated in depth producing foreshortening are harder to identify than canonical views. In Experiments 1 and 2, participants named pictures of familiar objects. There was no interaction between plane and depth rotation effects on initial presentation or after practice. Experiment 3 was a dual-task psychological refractory period study. Participants classified a high-low tone with a speeded keypress and then named a canonical, plane-rotated, or foreshortened view of an object. Naming was slower when the picture was presented 50 ms after the tone compared with 800 ms after the tone. Plane rotation effects were reduced (but not eliminated) at the short tone-picture stimulus onset asynchrony, but foreshortening effects were not reduced. The results implicate an early, prebottleneck locus for some processes compensating for plane rotation and a subsequent bottleneck or postbottleneck locus for compensation for foreshortening.

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, (2000), 26, 568-581